Apple tipped to double its AirPods shipments to 60m this year
Thanks to its music-driven adverts, Apple’s original iPod earphones became one of the most recognisable tech products back in the day. Its modern equivalents, the wireless AirPods, are increasingly common on the streets...
November 22, 2019
Report suggests Apple services bundle could debut in 2020
This feels like one of those Apple stories that’s going to be speculated about every few weeks until the company announces it. Bloomberg is the latest media outlet predicting that Apple will launch a bundle of its digital...
November 15, 2019
Report explores intensifying Spotify/Apple competition… in podcasts
Apple Podcasts has long been the leading distribution platform for podcasts, by some distance. Spotify’s recent podcasts push quickly made the latter service the second biggest in the world, but now it may be challenging...
November 14, 2019
Augmented reality latest: Adobe Aero and Apple AR-headset rumours
Adobe has released its Aero app for iOS – an app that enables designers to create augmented-reality content and experiences, without coding knowledge. “Create interactive experiences without needing to rely on a developer,”...
November 5, 2019
Apple services revenue hits a new quarterly record of $12.5bn
Apple reported its financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter yesterday (in calendar terms, the third quarter of 2019). The company’s revenues grew by 1.8% year-on-year to $64.04bn, helping Apple to turn a net profit...
October 31, 2019
Apple reveals its latest earphones, the AirPods Pro
Apple doesn’t publish specific sales figures for individual accessories, but its wireless AirPods earphones have become an increasingly-common sight on the streets. Now they’re getting an upgrade with a new product: AirPods...
October 29, 2019
Startup Pex can now scan Apple Podcasts for music clips
Pex isn’t a startup we’ve written much about for Music Ally thus far, but it’s one of the more interesting companies in the current music ecosystem – not just because of what it’s doing now, but for how its technology...
October 25, 2019
Even after Siri integration, Spotify jabs at Apple again
This week, Spotify launched an Apple TV app as well as integrating with Apple’s Siri voice assistant on iPhone, which you might think represented a rapprochement of sorts between the two companies, following their longstanding...
October 9, 2019
Shazam financials reveal it added 78m users in 2018
Shazam reached 478 million annual active users in 2018, which is 78 million more than in the previous year. The company’s revenues fell by 23% to £31.4m last year, but it swung from a loss of £17.7m in 2017 to a profit...
October 9, 2019
Spotify finally gets an Apple TV app and Siri integration
Big news from Spotify’s drive to be on as many devices as possible: it’s now available on… Armani smartwatches! Okay, that’s not *the* big news from Spotify’s drive. Yesterday saw the company...
October 8, 2019
US congress quizzes Spotify over Apple antitrust complaints
Things had gone a bit quiet in Spotify’s anti-competition battle with Apple: we’re still waiting for official word from the European Commission on any plans for a formal investigation into Apple’s stewardship...
October 7, 2019
Sandbox Issue 237: VIEWTUBE. When Music Video Plays Get Juiced
Lead: Sony Music India artist Badshah claimed to have broken the 24-hour record on YouTube for 75m plays of his track ‘Paagal’ in July. Then people started asking questions. It eventually emerged that the track’s success...
October 3, 2019