Confirmed: Apple has bought music analytics startup Asaii
Music-analytics startup Asaii is shutting down this month because it has been acquired by Apple. The deal has been confirmed to Music Ally by the company's first investor. “As the first investors in Asaii, we are incredibly...
October 15, 2018
Genius strikes lyrical deal with Apple Music
The company formerly known as Rap Genius has a new partner. ‘Encyclopedia of music’ Genius has announced a deal to make Apple Music the official music player on its site and iOS app. Genius’ database of lyrics will...
October 11, 2018
Apple’s TV ambitions may move outside Apple Music in 2019
It’s a quirk of Apple’s slow-but-steady move into television production that its first original shows made their debut within Apple Music.
October 11, 2018
Apple Music exclusive sees Ministry of Sound de-list (but not delete) Spotify playlists
Reports earlier this week of an exclusive playlists partnership between Ministry of Sound and Apple Music have now been confirmed. “All Ministry of Sound playlists and the monthly Ministry Mix – only on Apple Music,”...
October 4, 2018
Ministry of Sound set for branded-playlists Apple Music deal
Dance brand Ministry of Sound is up to something with Apple Music, as revealed by a TV ad (as well as an Apple Connect post) with a prominent date: 04.10.18. MBW reports that “Apple Music is going to officially begin...
October 2, 2018
Analyst claims Apple Music has an ‘iOS ownership advantage’
You may have seen some headlines overnight about Apple Music ‘converting’ people to subscribers at a rate “2.5x faster than Spotify”. But what does this mean, given that the two services have different funnels –...
September 26, 2018
Shazam financials show revenue growth flattened in 2017 ahead of Apple acquisition
Apple completed its acquisition of music-identification app Shazam this week, but now the latter company has published its latest (and likely final) set of public financial results, via the UK’s Companies House. They...
September 26, 2018
Apple to take Shazam ad-free after completing app acquisition
Shortly after receiving approval of the deal from the European Commission, Apple has completed its acquisition of music-recognition app Shazam. Its first move: to announce that the app will “soon offer its experience...
September 25, 2018
Apple’s iOS 12 is live, including Apple Music changes and Siri shortcuts
Apple's new iPhones will inevitably hog the limelight this week, but it's just as important (from the music industry's perspective, anyway) that the company's latest iOS software is being released commercially too.
September 18, 2018
Spotify CFO on Apple: ‘It’s not a software culture: it’s a hardware culture’
Spotify’s chief financial officer Barry McCarthy delivered a blunt rejoinder to a question about the threat posed by big-tech rivals like Apple, during his interview at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia conference on Friday. “I...
September 17, 2018
Apple Music gets new features as part of iOS 12 software
Amid the hubbub around yesterday’s European Copyright Directive on this side of the Atlantic, it was easy to forget that it was also the day for Apple’s latest new-products announcement. Still, the various tech-news sites...
September 13, 2018
European Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam
This was rumoured last month, but now the European Commission has confirmed its approval of Apple’s acquisition of music-identification firm Shazam, on the grounds that it won’t have any negative effects on competition.
September 7, 2018