UnitedMasters launches its iPhone app for music distribution
Distribution and artist-services firm UnitedMasters has launched its iPhone app, giving artists a way to upload music to its platform directly from their smartphones – artwork and metadata included. The app promises the...
July 5, 2019
Report: TikTok was installed 344m times in first half of 2019
Thanks to Apple’s official response to Spotify’s complaint to the European Commission, we know that around 680,000 of the latter company’s subscribers are paying their monthly fees through the iOS in-app purchases...
July 4, 2019
Meditation app Calm raises $27m more funding at $1bn valuation
We’ve written about meditation startup Calm several times this year: for example when it raised an $88m funding round in February (an announcement that made us wonder whether Spotify would be doing more with meditation),...
July 2, 2019
Chinese government to ‘curb industry chaos’ with audio apps
The Chinese government has launched a crackdown on audio apps, with one prominent music-streaming service included. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced that 26 audio platforms that spread “historical...
July 2, 2019
Cameo raises $50m for its celebrity-shoutouts app
Startup Cameo has an app that lets people pay between $5 and $3k to get personalised video messages from celebrities, including Snoop Dogg – also an investor in the company. Now Cameo has raised a $50m funding round to...
June 26, 2019
Former This Is My Jam exec launches AI video-editing app Trash
The Guardian’s piece on the launch of a new app called Trash mentions that it’s from the ‘ex-head of Vine’, but Music Ally also remembers Hannah Donovan as the co-founder of music-discovery site This Is My Jam back...
June 25, 2019
MelodyVR reveals beta smartphone app and ‘Viewer’ hardware
One of the things holding back music virtual-reality startups so far as been the slower-than-expected growth of VR-headset ownership. Now startup MelodyVR is making moves to tackle that challenge. First: it’s launched a...
June 20, 2019
Mobile music-video creation app Voisey raises funding round
Voisey is a music-making app that gets people to sing or rap over pre-produced beats, then create one-minute videos (including split-screen duets) to share with friends. Think Smule’s Sing! Karaoke meets TikTok. Voisey...
June 19, 2019
Fortnite publisher Epic Games buys social-video app Houseparty
Having raised a $1.25bn funding round, and with its Fortnite game continuing to be a licence to print money, publisher Epic Games is on the acquisition trail. It recently bought Psyonix, the developer of popular game Rocket...
June 13, 2019
Mobile games are 10% of app time but 74% of app spending
More games stats? We got ‘em! Well, analytics firm App Annie has got ‘em, at least. It’s published some new data on the mobile games market, as a sub-sector of mobile apps. “33% of all mobile downloads and 10% of...
June 12, 2019
Spotify launches its standalone ‘Stations’ app in the US
In January 2018, Spotify quietly launched a new app called ‘Stations’ in Australia, offering a lean-back personal-radio experience rather than full on-demand music access. “With Stations, you can listen immediately,...
June 4, 2019
Sandbox Issue 229: Partnerships. How labels are sharing marketing
Lead: Collaborations have long been a staple in the music industry, but something different is happening today as social media and analytics become key parts of marketing campaigns. In the “old days”, labels would trade...
May 29, 2019