Dubsmash has relaunched as an app focused on dance challenges
The last time Music Ally wrote about social-music app Dubsmash was in December 2016, when it had just raised a $9.6m funding round in order to fight back against fast-rising rival Musical.ly, which was gaining more traction...
February 20, 2019
Classical streaming app Idagio has passed 1m downloads
Idagio is one of the companies (see also: Primephonic) trying to build a business out of a music-streaming service focused purely on classical music. It has a new milestone to report: more than 1m app downloads globally,...
February 18, 2019
Pitchfork calls TikTok ‘the great music meme scam’
Pitchfork spares no punches in its profile of social-video app TikTok, drawing an unflattering comparison between the value of its parent company Bytedance, and the level of royalties being paid to musicians for use of their...
February 13, 2019
US iPhone owners’ music spending grew by 22% last year
Mobile-analytics firm Sensor Tower is publishing a new report this week that quantifies app-spending in 2018 by iPhone owners in the US. The headline is that this spending increased by 36% year-on-year to $79 per iPhone...
February 12, 2019
Israel and Wales get new local-focused music-streaming services
Shiri? Isn’t that what you talk to on your iPhone when you’ve had a few-too-many gins? But no: Shiri is actually a new music app launched by the National Library of Israel, with a catalogue of more than 400k tracks by...
February 11, 2019
MTV Play D2C app launches in the UK with monthly subscription
MTV has launched its new ‘SVOD’ (subscription video on-demand) app in the UK. It’s called MTV Play UK, and is available for Android and for iOS devices as a free download from their respective app stores. It’s not...
February 5, 2019
India draws up new rules for ‘intermediary’ apps like TikTok
Social apps from overseas, particularly China, have been dominating the upper reaches of app stores in India. Now the government is responding, with new regulations aimed at ‘intermediary’ apps that get their content...
February 5, 2019
Apple clarifies rules for iOS in-app subscriptions
Apple has published some new rules for how in-app subscriptions should be advertised to people using iOS apps. Those rules include clearly explaining the terms of a subscription to new customers, including the billing amount....
January 28, 2019
WaveAI launches its Alysia app as an AI ‘singer-songwriter’
We’ve written about startup WaveAI in recent months, with its plans to launch an AI-music-creation app called Alysia. This week, the app went live on Apple’s App Store for iPhones and iPads. It’s pitched at music fans...
January 18, 2019
Research firms publish apps and games market data for 2018
If you’re following the mobile apps and gaming markets, a couple of reports published yesterday will make interesting reading. App Annie has put out its annual ‘The State of Mobile’ report, which claims that across...
January 17, 2019
Alissia launches crowdfunding for AI-powered mood-music app
The AI-powered music startups are coming thick and fast at the moment. Alissia isn’t entirely new: attendees of the Midem conference last June may have spotted the German company’s stand. Now it’s preparing to launch...
January 16, 2019
Sandbox Issue 219: The Tools and Trends That Will Shape 2019
Lead: A new year and a new slate. To kick off the year, we speak to marketers around the business and around the world about what tools they think will be indispensable and what trends they believe will shape 2019. From AR...
January 10, 2019