Tag: app store

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Apple says iOS in-app subscriptions are up 95% year-on-year

Apple is celebrating the 10th birthday of its App Store, with a blog post full of approving quotes from partners, and a smattering of stats. Among them, there are a couple of new figures relating to in-app subscriptions...
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Report: US iPhone app spending grew by 23% in 2017

Sensor Tower is the latest research firm putting out numbers on the apps market for 2017, this time focusing on iPhone app spending in the US. It claims that the average amount spent per active iPhone in the US was $58...
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Apple changes its guidelines on template-based iOS apps

We reported earlier this month on new Apple guidelines that seemed to squash iOS apps created using template-based tools – for example, the various platforms that help musicians create and release their own mobile apps. After...
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Why new consumer-focused mobile apps are struggling in 2016

Most of the coverage of music startups Cür Media and Crowdmix focused on their financial issues, understandably, since that’s what scuppered both before their commercial launches. Had they made it past beta, though,...
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HTC launching Viveport app store for non-games VR

Virtual reality isn’t just about games, even if that’s the first obvious area for development around the latest wave of VR headsets.
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Report claims 90% of all iOS apps are ‘zombies’

Can Apple’s App Store be compared to the kind of undead-strewn wasteland that’s familiar from The Walking Dead or Resident Evil in popular culture?
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Spotify / Apple dispute escalates over ‘troubling’ behaviour

Why did Spotify publicly criticise Apple’s App Store policies earlier this week? A new report in Recode sheds more light on the escalating dispute between the two companies, with a leaked letter from Spotify’s general...
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Musical.ly signs its first label licensing deal with WMG

Hot on the heels of App Store success for its new Live.ly app, Musical.ly has signed its first label licensing deal for its core service. Warner Music Group is the partner, continuing WMG’s trend of being early in to a...
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Apple and Google shift to 15% app-subscriptions rev-share

Big news for music-streaming services that charge subscriptions using the billing systems of Apple and Google’s app stores. And, indeed, for any music-related app that does that. Both Apple and Google are halving the...
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Apple tipped to introduce paid-for placement in App Store

Their smartphone apps have been an important customer-acquisition path for music-streaming services for some time now. Soon, they could be paying Apple to secure more prominent placement for those apps on its App Store,...
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Report claims Spotify was top-grossing app in 2015

Regular exhortations for the music industry to learn lessons from the lucrative world of mobile gaming are fine. But if you look at the top-grossing chart in Apple’s UK App Store, it’s not a game at the top of the...
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Pandora and Spotify are top-five iOS apps by all-time revenues

Another reminder if you needed it that outside games, streaming music is one of the lucrative mobile-app categories. Analytics firm App Annie has published a report tracking the top iOS apps of “all-time” (i.e. since...