Tidal makes social VR move with $7m purchase of Sensorium tokens
It seems to be the week for music streaming to meet virtual reality startups. VR firm MelodyVR announced plans to acquire Napster, and now Tidal is making an investment in VR company Sensorium Corporation. It's not a traditional...
August 27, 2020
Blockchain music service Audius raises $3.1m funding round
We first wrote about startup Audius when it raised a $5.5m funding round in August 2018 for a service that was described as 'SoundCloud on the blockchain'. When it launched its public beta a year later, it was interesting,...
August 3, 2020
Verifi Media launches blockchain music-metadata service
Music Ally has done its time in the blockchain trenches: our reports on the technology’s potential for music from 2016, 2017 and 2018 are evidence of that. One of the conclusions we’ve drawn: the ‘sweep...
June 15, 2020
Dapper Labs launches blockchain-powered NBA collectibles app
If you recognise the name Dapper Labs, it might be because of its CryptoKitties blockchain-powered game, where people buy and sell virtual cats (sometimes for startling amounts of money). Or you might recognise the startup...
May 28, 2020
eMusic says its new ‘eMU’ token helps fans support artists
Music service eMusic has been flying the flag for blockchain technology since mid-2018, when it announced plans for a new music distribution platform that – get your blockchain bingo card and blotter out for this – “cuts...
May 26, 2020
Music Ally Startup Files: Fanaply’s limited-edition digital collectibles
In November 2019, WMG's head of innovation, recorded music, Scott Cohen told Music Ally that he was interested in the ways that blockchain technology could create new value for the industry. One example: digitally-scarce...
May 5, 2020
Blockchain music service Audius has launched an iPhone app
Music Ally first wrote about blockchain music startup Audius in August 2018, when it raised $5.5m of funding – traditional VC funding, not an ICO – to build “a blockchain-based alternative to Spotify or SoundCloud”....
February 11, 2020
Distributor Ditto reveals Bluebox blockchain tools for musicians
Back in May 2019, we caught on early to something new from distributor Ditto Music called Bluebox. It was described as “a platform to streamline the music industry supply chain and bring modern technology to an industry...
January 24, 2020
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