Tech, innovation and music: ‘Pick one little thing and go deep!’
“VR is shit! It’s shit but it doesn’t have to be. Certainly the hardware’s not all the way there yet, it’s quite bulky and if you put it on for an hour or so you’re going to get a pretty raging headache and neck...
January 20, 2020
Ripple exec Craig DeWitt reveals plans for xSongs platform
Ripple Labs is one of the bigger companies in the crypto / blockchain space, with its payment protocol and XRP cryptocurrency. Now its director of product Craig DeWitt has revealed plans for a personal project focusing on...
January 3, 2020
Crypto-music service Tune·fm bags MWE catalogue
We suspect the sight of headlines like ‘Tune·fm adds Beyoncé to its crypto music service‘ may be sparking some interesting discussions within Sony Music Group, not to mention various publishers, this morning....
November 8, 2019
Blockchain streaming service Audius under scrutiny already
Music Ally reported on the launch of decentralised streaming service Audius in September, and wondered whether its “censorship-resistant” features (or as one report put it, ‘anti-takedown) might cause problems if people...
October 10, 2019
Blockchain is ‘sliding into the Trough of Disillusionment’
Analyst firm Gartner’s ‘Hype Cycle’ diagram is a famous way of showing how new technologies get hyped, then face a backlash, and then gradually find a productive use. It will come as no surprise to Music Ally readers...
October 9, 2019
Revelator tests its ‘artist wallet’ with Teosto and Bmat
Early this year, Music Ally reported on Israeli company Revelator’s plans to launch a rights-admin and payments spin-off called Original Works, complete with an ‘artist wallet’ app to track payments, register...
October 8, 2019
Audius takes on SoundCloud… but takedowns could get interesting
Music Ally first wrote about blockchain-music startup Audius just over a year ago, when the company raised a $5.5m funding round (a traditional one, not an ICO) for a platform described as ‘SoundCloud on the blockchain’....
September 25, 2019
Warner Music Group invests in CryptoKitties maker Dapper Labs
At the NY:LON Connect conference this January, Warner Music Group’s Jeff Bronikowski talked about WMG’s startup investments “in sectors we want to learn about… it’s more about learning about sectors and adjacent...
September 13, 2019
eMusic boss joins 7digital board and reiterates blockchain ambitions
As expected, B2B digital-music firm 7digital has appointed eMusic boss Tamir Koch to its board of directors, alongside entrepreneur David Lazarus. The move comes as the company tries to raise funding to stave off the threat...
July 17, 2019
Universal Music Austria explores blockchain music project
Music Ally has learned to put on its Sceptical Hat (like the Hogwarts Sorting Hat but more cynical) when fielding press releases from startups touting “blockchain-enabled attention economy solutions”. But in the case...
July 16, 2019
Spotify CEO says Libra currency could help listeners ‘pay artists directly’
Earlier this week, Facebook announced a new blockchain-powered currency called Libra, and a digital wallet for it called Calibra. Spotify was among the companies backing the plans by becoming a founder member of the independent...
June 20, 2019
Spotify explains why it’s backing Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency
The recent leaks were correct: music-streaming Spotify is on board as one of the first backers of Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency. The social network will launch a cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020, complete with...
June 18, 2019