D-AR-k Side Of The Moon: Pink Floyd’s new augmented reality filters
As part of the promotion for their The Later Years album and box-set, Pink Floyd have just launched a number of augmented reality filters for social media. Rhino UK commissioned WMG’s Firepit Technology to create Instagram...
January 9, 2020
Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019
This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
January 6, 2020
Facebook tipped to sign music-video licensing deals for Watch
Up to this point, Facebook’s music-licensing deals have focused squarely on user-generated content. But for several years now – for example in the days when Vevo’s relationship with YouTube was thought to be on the...
December 20, 2019
Facebook buys the developer of VR-music game Beat Saber
Beat Saber has been one of the success stories in the modern virtual-reality industry: the music-rhythm game sold its one millionth copy in May 2019, nine months after the $20 title’s release. Now that success has led...
November 27, 2019
eMarketer: France/Germany Facebook flight is ‘faster than expected’
Journalists, analysts and research companies have been warning about a ‘Facebook flight’ – people migrating away from the social network – for years now, yet overall, the company’s user base has continued to grow....
November 25, 2019
Neil Young (deliberately) falls off the Facebook of the Earth
Neil Young’s debut solo single in 1968 wasn’t called ‘The Loner’ by accident. He has defiantly ploughed his own furrow for over half a century – and that relates as much to his attitude to the industry around him...
November 25, 2019
Report: Facebook held serious acquisition talks with Musical.ly
Chinese technology firm Bytedance bought social-video app Musical·ly for reportedly north-of-$800m in November 2017. Then, in August 2018, it folded Musical·ly into TikTok (obligatory reminder: Musical·ly had nothing...
November 13, 2019
Facebook’s experimental-apps team launches Aux music app
Facebook has launched a dedicated music app! But hold your horses: Aux is the work of the social network’s ‘NPE Team’ division, which was created in July this year to work on experimental new apps. “A way for...
November 11, 2019
Facebook revenues up 29% to $17.65bn in third quarter of 2019
Facebook was another of the tech/media companies announcing its latest quarterly financial results yesterday. For all its political and regulatory difficulties, the social network continues to be a powerhouse of a business....
October 31, 2019
Twitter ups pressure on Facebook by banning all political ads
Facebook has been under pressure over its policy on political advertising: and specifically, on its policy of not taking down ads by politicians even if they include outright lies. Yesterday, Twitter upped the pressure on...
October 31, 2019
Facebook keen to improve its reporting tools for rightsholders
Will Facebook be launching proper analytics tools to show labels and publishers how their music is being used across its services? The company’s head of music business development and partnerships Tamara Hrivnak says it...
October 29, 2019
Facebook launches news tab – and will pay some publishers
Facebook’s relationship with the news-publishing industry? It’s complicated, to say the least. The social network has been heavily criticised for facilitating the spread of ‘fake news’ in recent years, as well as...
October 28, 2019