Australian music industry wants to block stream-ripping sites
The latest front in the music industry’s battle against ‘stream-ripping’ sites is in Australia. These sites, which enable people to convert (for example) YouTube videos into downloadable MP3s, have been a bugbear for...
January 11, 2019
AI-music startup Popgun evolves: ‘We’re gonna make hit pop songs…’
In June 2017, Music Ally interviewed Stephen Phillips of Australian startup Popgun about his company's development of an artificial intelligence (AI) called 'Alice' that was capable of playing piano with humans. Alice...
November 6, 2018
Australia recorded-music revenues up 6% year-on-year
Australia is the latest country to report growth in its recorded-music business, with industry body ARIA announcing that label revenues (i.e. wholesale figures) were up by 6% year-on-year to A$195.6m in the first half of...
September 14, 2018
Warner Music Australia signs new influencer partnership
As influencer marketing continues to become a more-common part of the music-marketing landscape, Warner Music Australia has announced an interesting joint venture with talent agency Born Bred Talent.
August 31, 2018
Facebook secures music licensing deal for Australia and New Zealand
As part of its concerted efforts to clear rights for music in a UGC context on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Oculus, the social media giant has now signed deals covering Australia and New Zealand. The deal with APRA...
August 16, 2018
Guvera investor with Alzheimer’s to be repaid $6.6m
The collapse of Australian music-streaming firm Guvera is already one of the least-edifying stories of the digital-music era. But now it has plumbed new depths. It concerns AMMA Private Equity, the company run by Guvera...
August 10, 2018
Australian collecting society calls for streaming quotas
Should music-streaming services be legally required to devote a certain percentage of their programmed-playlist slots to local artists? That’s the argument being made by Australian collecting society APRA AMCOS, in a submission...
July 17, 2018
Spotify is testing skippable advertisements in Australia
One of YouTube’s key features on the advertising side are skippable adverts: its ‘TrueView’ format is based on advertisers only paying when someone chooses to watch an ad, rather than to skip it. Could this kind...
July 3, 2018
Google says it has demoted 65k pirate sites in search results
The music industry hasn’t been alone in wanting Google to do more about links to piracy sites appearing in its search results. But labels and representative bodies did play a significant role in Google’s moves towards...
July 2, 2018
Former Guvera boss plans new Dragonfly Music startup
Given the very-public collapse of Australian digital-music firm Guvera, it may be a surprise to hear its CEO Darren Herft has plans to launch a new startup. During a court hearing as part of Guvera’s liquidation process,...
January 2, 2018
Report 408: Blind data, Music Managers’ Three biggest data challenges
Lead: Managers have to be across every data source there is. On the one hand, it means they can be operating with greater confidence and clarity; on the other, they are at risk of data overload and missing both new opportunities...
September 29, 2017