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Consumer concerns around online privacy, and new regulations such as GDPR, COPPA and CCPA are causing complications for tech giants like Facebook, Google and TikTok; and are increasingly seen as a differentiator and point...
March 5, 2020
Sandbox Issue 247: All Triller, No Filler: Music’s next big launchpad?
Lead: Triller is not a TikTok killer – but it is certainly proving to be a hearty contender. At the moment, it is strongest in the US and it skews heavily towards hip-hop as its in-built soundtrack. Its ambitions are, however,...
March 5, 2020
Ian Rogers on Beats 1 and Apple Music launch times; Sonos integration coming
Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine have dominated all the interviews and public discussions around Apple Music and Beats 1. Ian Rogers is a key part of that team but has been silent – until now. He has written a short blog ahead...
June 29, 2015
Yala Music launches Yala Backstage direct-to-fan platform
Arabic digital music service Yala Music wants to help artists distribute their music direct to fans through its new Yala Backstage feature.
May 13, 2013
Bandcamp puts new emphasis on discovery
D2F platform Bandcamp has redesigned with a renewed emphasis on music discovery on its landing page.
April 11, 2013
Music Ally Report 309 – Welcome to 2013
Welcome to the first Music Ally Report of 2013 where we plant a flag (or, rather, several flags) in the ground and pinpoint the themes and trends that we feel will shape and define the coming year.
January 9, 2013
Chill wants to help artists sell videos to their fans online
Chill Direct is a distribution service for people to sell videos direct to fans: "Perfect for filmmakers, comedians, musicians and creators."
November 30, 2012
X Factor’s Janet Devlin turns to PledgeMusic for first album
Janet Devlin is working on her debut album, but not with a traditional label deal but via Pledge Music.
November 9, 2012
Chirpify wants to help you sell things on Twitter
Plenty of artists are using Twitter to sell music, merchandise and tickets already, but through links to other stores - iTunes, Bandcamp, Ticketmaster or whatever.
February 16, 2012
With Teeth: Spotify & Direct-to-Fan could be a perfect partnership
Whilst mulling the latest Spotify story, this time of Paul McCartney’s streaming services takedown, I got to thinking about just how great a role direct-to-fan (D2F) services could play in broadening the fan experience...
February 10, 2012