Report: Classical streams are booming for younger listeners
The Covid-19 lockdown has been very tough for classical musicians in the live sense, but if there’s a silver lining, it may be classical’s performance on streaming services. A new report co-published by Deezer,...
August 19, 2020
Sandbox Issue 258: KIDS’ STUFF. Music’s youngest and most powerful consumers
Lead: we report back on our recent New Kids On The Block: Insight Into A New Generation online conference that we ran in conjunction with UK trade bodies the BPI and ERA, drawing out the 10 key lessons from the different...
August 5, 2020
New study breaks down kids’ YouTube and TikTok habits
Sit down for this shocker: children spend quite a lot of time on YouTube and TikTok! Who knew? Next thing, someone will be telling us that they quite like Fortnite too. But no snark: a company called Qustodio, whose product...
June 5, 2020
Children’s music booms on platforms from YouTube to JioSaavn
One of the factors in YouTube’s viewing increase (see story higher up this bulletin) is the fact that schools are closed in many countries, and children are getting (even) more time on screens. At the younger end of...
April 29, 2020
Spotify Kids expands again, as country playlist Indigo launches
With parents across the world still getting to grips with home-schooling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and associated social-distancing measures, digital services aimed at children are having a big moment in the...
April 1, 2020
Killer clown Pennywise pops up in a Spotify lullabies playlist
We’ve heard some weak excuses in our time, but suggesting that you “did not believe the playlist was designed primarily for children” when the playlist is called ‘Classical Lullabies’ and has several tracks mentioning...
March 11, 2020
Games platform Roblox has 115m players and $150m of new funding
Roblox is often described in shorthand as ‘the YouTube of games’ – signifying that it’s not just a game, but rather a platform where people can create and share their own games, and play those made by the rest of...
February 27, 2020
Sony Music Kids launches Rhyme Rapper animation in India
Sesame Street has just turned 50 and has a long history of using music as an education tool, releasing a variety of spin-off albums through the years. (If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch...
December 9, 2019
TikTok settles children’s privacy lawsuit in the US
Yesterday, we reported on a lawsuit filed against TikTok in the US over its predecessor app Musical·ly’s handling of children’s data. There’s a speedy update on the case: it’s been settled. “TikTok is firmly committed...
December 6, 2019
TikTok sued over Musical·ly child-privacy protection issues
Another day, another legal headache for TikTok in the US. It’s not a new issue, but rather a new lawsuit about a familiar issue: whether the Musical·ly app that parent company Bytedance acquired and later merged with TikTok...
December 5, 2019
Google and YouTube to pay $170m in child-privacy settlement
After months of speculation, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday announced details of its settlement with Google and YouTube over alleged violations of child-privacy law. The big number: $170m. That’s how...
September 5, 2019
YouTube tipped to be fined up to $200m in child-privacy case
There has been gossip about an imminent settlement between Google/YouTube and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for some time now. The latest burst of reports suggests that YouTube will be paying between $150m and $200m...
September 2, 2019