Super-bundle plans reportedly missing from Apple Music’s new deals
Amid all the blow-by-blow speculation about the progress of Spotify’s licensing renewals with major labels, it’s been easy to forget that – sit down for this revelation – other streaming services also have...
March 13, 2020
Discounted SiriusXM / Pandora bundle subscription may be on the way
Since acquiring Pandora last year, SiriusXM has tested a few way that the two companies can work together, like turning some of its talk-radio shows into podcasts for Pandora. Now there may be a deeper integration on the...
January 10, 2020
Music Merchandising Moves On
A T-shirt or a flimsy tour programme was the bulk of merchandise in the “old days” – mass-produced items to shift quickly when an act was on tour. Fortunately, things have changed dramatically in recent years – with...
November 28, 2019
Sandbox Issue 241: Music Merchandising Moves On
Lead: Billboard has just announced new chart rules around merchandise and album bundles in the US (effective from January 2020), seeking to close some of the loopholes that have been exploited here in recent years. This could...
November 28, 2019
Billboard reveals new chart rules for album/merch bundles
As part of a chart battle last year in the US between Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj, all hell broke loose. The latter used her Queen Radio show on Beats 1 to attack the former for using merchandise bundles to drive his album...
November 27, 2019
Report suggests Apple services bundle could debut in 2020
This feels like one of those Apple stories that’s going to be speculated about every few weeks until the company announces it. Bloomberg is the latest media outlet predicting that Apple will launch a bundle of its digital...
November 15, 2019
Entertainment bundles are coming: the question is the terms
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Apple wants to launch a new model of paying for music, and major labels are ‘wary’ of the implications. No, you haven’t time-travelled back to the early 2000s...
October 8, 2019
Indian telco Airtel launches TV, video and music bundle
We’ve been talking about the prospect of music-streaming services being bundled with video and other services for some time now, often through the lens of what the big, global technology companies like Apple, Google and...
September 3, 2019
Spotify’s latest telco-bundle partnership is with AT&T
Spotify has announced its latest partnership with a telco, and it’s a big one: AT&T in the US. Subscribers to the network’s ‘AT&T Unlimited & More Premium’ contract can choose to include Spotify Premium...
August 6, 2019
Spotify / Hulu bundle signups end in the US for everyone except students
Spotify launched its first bundled subscription with video-streaming service Hulu in the US in September 2017, for $4.99 a month. The company later rolled it out as a $12.99-a-month option for all American customers in April...
May 23, 2019
Report: YouTube generates 40% of Indian labels’ digital revenue
A report published by business association the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) includes some new estimates for the Indian music industry in 2018. It includes the claim that recorded-music revenues...
March 18, 2019
Spotify bundles Hulu into its $9.99 premium US subscription
Americans have been able to get Spotify and Hulu in a $12.99-a-month subscription bundle since last year. Now that bundle is getting cheaper. “Starting today, March 12, you can enjoy Hulu as part of your regular $9.99-per-month...
March 13, 2019