Twitch will get games for streamers and viewers to play together
Amazon has been publishing games for a while now: its Amazon Game Studios division has been around since 2015. However, the company is preparing a new push, investing “hundreds of millions of dollars” in its games development...
April 3, 2020
Sandbox Issue 249: What music can learn from YouTube’s biggest channels
Lead: Music is critical to YouTube while the music industry (beyond the politics of the value gap debate) is hugely reliant on the platform. But so too are other content types. We look at the biggest channels on YouTube generally...
April 2, 2020
Apple and Amazon reach video in-app purchases deal. Could Spotify be next?
Big news! You can now rent and buy films and TV shows from within the Amazon Prime Video app on iOS and Apple TV. Admittedly, this may not immediately strike you as big news, but the important thing is what’s gone on behind...
April 2, 2020
Coronavirus: Bandcamp and Musicares join efforts to help artists
Alright then. We definitely want to maintain a ‘business as usual’ aspect to Music Ally’s news coverage, but as you’ll tell from our lineup today, coronavirus is overshadowing a lot that’s happening...
March 18, 2020
Amazon Alexa gets smarter with some new music features
Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has some new tricks in the way it deals with music. Launched this week, they include the ability to serve (on request) a cappella, live, remix, instrumental and other versions of tracks....
March 16, 2020
Amazon Music launches analytics for artists with a mobile app
With more than 55 million music streaming users around the world, most of whom are paying, Amazon is the third biggest player in the global music subscriptions market behind Spotify and Apple Music. One area in which it...
March 13, 2020
Amazon exec predicts music streaming tipping point in Japan
Japan is the second biggest recorded music market in the world after the US, but it’s been famously slow to transition from sales to streaming. In 2018, streaming accounted for just 12.4% of Japan’s annual revenues of...
March 12, 2020
Love ISN’T in the air as DSPs’ US royalty-rates appeal kicks off
David Israelite, president of the National Music Publishers Association in the US, has never been a man to pull his verbal punches when taking digital services to task. “Songwriters: This week, Spotify and Amazon are...
March 10, 2020
Music streaming services support International Women’s Day
This Sunday (8 March) is International Women’s Day, and as has become traditional, the big music streaming services are all celebrating the occasion. Spotify will be launching a new ‘Women’s History Month’ hub...
March 6, 2020
Sony Music and The Orchard held a machine-learning hackathon
Sony Music, The Orchard and Amazon Web Services held a machine-learning focused hackathon last week. Music Ally couldn't make the event, so we asked if Sony could give us some information about the winning hacks. The label...
February 27, 2020
Is Amazon beating Spotify and Apple Music for US subscribers?
Research firm eMarketer has offered a spicy-sounding headline: ‘US Spotify Listeners Surpassed Pandora Listeners in 2019, Sooner than Expected’. That’s based on the company’s prediction last year that Spotify would...
February 26, 2020
How many users do Spotify, Apple Music and other big music streaming services have?
Sometimes the statistics around how many people are streaming music – and how many are paying for it – can lead to confusion and misinterpretation. Recently, for example, we've seen one story suggesting that Amazon...
February 19, 2020