ByteDance rival Kuaishou’s apps have more than 1bn active users
We wrote about Chinese short-video app Kuaishou in March this year, when its parent company announced that it had more than 750 million monthly active users, and 305 million daily active users. Now the company, Kuaishou...
June 24, 2021
Spotify buys recently-launched podcast discovery app Podz
In February we wrote about a brand new app called Podz, which stripped out 60-second clips from podcasts to create an ‘infinite feed’ of listening based on users’ interests. “This is something that...
June 18, 2021
Apple keen for more developers to use its MusicKit API
Spatial audio and lossless music may have grabbed the headlines for Apple Music recently, but behind the scenes Apple is starting a new push for developers to integrate its streaming service into their apps. Its new MusicKit...
June 17, 2021
Messaging app IRL has 12m users and $170m of new funding
IRL is an interesting beast as social apps go: part calendar, part group messaging. According to TechCrunch it has just raised $170m of Series C funding, at a valuation of $1.17bn. This, despite being relatively small...
June 16, 2021
Apple’s 2020 App Store billings grew by 24% to $643bn
Apple’s latest salvo in the arguments (and, indeed, lawsuits and regulatory investigations) about its App Store is some new stats from last year. The company says that its App Store ecosystem “facilitated $643 billion...
June 3, 2021
The other Turntable launches its social music app
We’ve got a confusing few months ahead: whenever we’re writing about Turntable, we’ll need to explain which of the TWO revived versions of the famous social music service we’re talking about. Last month we wrote about...
June 3, 2021
Poparazzi tops app charts with ‘anti selfie selfie club’
Clubhouse, schmubhouse? There’s a new social app at the top of the App Store charts, and it is styling itself as “the anti selfie selfie club”. That app is called Poparazzi, and it’s a photo-sharing app that claims...
May 27, 2021
Yokee Karaoke app now has more than 1m monthly active users
Mobile karaoke is big business in China, but what about in the west? One of the main apps has just revealed its latest figures. Yokee Karaoke says it has more than one million monthly users who have recorded more than 500k...
May 26, 2021
Hip-hop music creation app Rap Fame reaches 10m downloads
Startup Rap Tech Studios has reached a new milestone for its Rap Fame app: more than 10m downloads across Apple and Google’s app stores. The app launched in 2018 as a way for people to record and share hip-hop tracks,...
May 25, 2021
Fantasy music app FanLabel adds tracks with Tuned Global
We’ve always liked the idea of ‘fantasy music label’ or ‘music stock exchange’ startups, where players discover music and back it (whether through ‘signing’ songs to their virtual...
May 13, 2021
Apple / Epic Games trial kicks off with arguments (and data)
The European Commission’s decision to send Apple a statement of objections on the grounds that it has “distorted competition in the music streaming market” was a setback for the company. But it came as another high-profile...
May 4, 2021