Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry stories (7 April)
We wondered if we’d need to quietly retire this regular feature after a few days. Nope. Which at least shows there is plenty of positive news to write about amid the current global health crisis. We’re still not...
April 7, 2020
Report suggests Apple might buy live-VR startup NextVR
Music Ally has been writing about virtual-reality startup NextVR since 2015, when it raised a $30.5m funding round from investors including the Madison Square Garden Company for technology that would enable music concerts...
April 6, 2020
Spotify app now works with Siri voice assistant on Apple Watch
We haven’t heard that much about Spotify’s European anti-competition complaint against Apple for a while, despite rumblings last year about a potential investigation. However, there have been some moves by Apple to open...
April 3, 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
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (26 March)
Music Ally is trying to write a story every working day, rounding up the good, practical things happening in and around our industry: focusing on relief efforts and other initiatives from the music industry and music / tech...
March 26, 2020
Apple could open HomePod and iOS up to third-party default apps
There are many reasons why Apple is one of the world’s most successful companies, and its ‘walled garden’ of hardware, software and services is one of them. However, it has also proved controversial when companies making...
February 21, 2020
Apple poaches WMG’s Jeff Bronikowski for global strategy role
Warner Music Group’s SVP of global business development and head of new technology and innovation Jeff Bronikowski is the latest label executive to join a streaming service. “Super excited to start my new role at Apple...
February 12, 2020
Services revenue still growing strongly for Apple
Apple reported its latest quarterly financial results yesterday, for the final quarter of 2019 – the company’s fiscal Q1. They were good: “Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever,” according to CEO Tim Cook, who...
January 29, 2020
Apple’s George Ergatoudis offers hindsight on some past views
Sheffield newspaper The Star isn’t a regular source for music-industry news, but its interview with Apple Music’s head of music, UK and Ireland George Ergatoudis (he was in the city to accept an honorary doctorate at...
January 23, 2020
Oprah Winfrey pulls sexual-misconduct documentary from Apple TV+
In December, it was announced that Apple TV+ had bagged the rights to a documentary about sexual misconduct in the music industry, focusing on a then-unnamed executive (since confirmed as Russell Simmons) and presented...
January 13, 2020
Apple hails services growth (but no new figure for Apple Music)
Apple issued its now-traditional new year’s press release celebrating the holiday performance of its App Store, but this time it has widened the net to its entire services division. The App Store gets the specific stats,...
January 9, 2020
Apple, Google and Amazon team up for new smart-home standard
We’re more used to big technology companies taking potshots at one another over privacy or finding ways to keep one another’s services off their own devices. But this being the season of goodwill, here’s a news story...
December 19, 2019