Yandex Music strikes deal with Facebook in Russia
Russian music-streaming service Yandex Music has followed western peers like Spotify and Apple Music in launching an integration with Facebook. Like those, its music will now be playable in 30-second clips on the social...
September 29, 2017
Remix Hits claims major-label deal for licensed stems
Nashville startup Remix Hits got some press this week, with Digital Music News claiming that the company has a deal with Sony Music to make licensed ‘stems’ of tracks available for DJs to remix and release legally. Yet...
September 28, 2017
TuneCore adds ‘instant mastering’ from audio firm Aftermaster
Digital distributor TuneCore is expanding its partnership with audio firm Aftermaster, offering customers access to its 'Promaster' instant mastering service. TuneCore clients will be able to get four CD-quality mastered...
September 27, 2017
Tencent strikes sub-licensing deal with Alibaba in China
One of the quirks of the Chinese digital music market, from a western perspective, is the exclusive licensing deals that tech-giant Tencent has struck with major labels. Its deals with global label groups like Universal...
September 12, 2017
Spotify teams up with Hulu for $4.99 student bundle
For some time, Music Ally has been predicting a future where the big tech firms bundle music and video into unified subscriptions: something Apple, Amazon and Google certainly have the constituent parts for already, if not...
September 8, 2017
Apple Music kicks off licensing renewals with new WMG deal
Spotify’s success in persuading labels to renew its licensing deals with a revenue-share more in its favour is starting to have a knock-on effect. Bloomberg reported overnight that Apple has renewed its own deal with...
September 7, 2017
Deezer reveals MQA deal for its hi-res music tier
Last week, we reported on Deezer’s rebranding of its hi-res tier from Deezer Elite to Deezer HiFi. Now there’s another development in the streaming service’s hi-res ambitions: a partnership with tech firm MQA. “The...
September 4, 2017
LG’s new V30 smartphone will include MQA technology
Hi-res audio firm MQA’s latest hardware partnership is with LG, which is preparing to launch its new V30 Android smartphone. “The LG V30 also includes technology from partner company MQA Ltd. that facilitates high...
August 29, 2017
MelodyVR signs European collecting-society deals
British virtual-reality startup MelodyVR has announced its latest set of deals this morning: with various European collecting societies. The agreements, covering use of songwriter copyrights in MelodyVR’s upcoming service,...
August 10, 2017
Deezer gets first smart-speaker integration with Google Home
When Music Ally sat down with a series of Deezer executives at the company’s media day last December, smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo were high on their priority lists, with the realisation that rivals were ahead of...
August 9, 2017
Spotify’s video-infused RapCaviar gets officially announced
News that Spotify is adding video to its popular RapCaviar hip-hip playlist shouldn’t come as a surprise to Music Ally readers: we reported on the US tests of the new feature in March. Now it’s been officially announced,...
August 9, 2017