It’s official: Facebook launches music videos (in the US)
As predicted, Facebook is officially launching music videos, courtesy of licensing deals with all three major labels plus indie licensing agency Merlin, as well as BMG, Kobalt, and other labels, publishers and collecting...
July 31, 2020
Antitrust hearing creates plenty of smoke, but how much fire?
"As always, there's a risk that some of the politicians will see the hearing simply as a chance to grandstand: to puff up to their full pomposity and give powerful tech CEOs a public telling off," we wrote yesterday, about...
July 30, 2020
Tech giants release CEO statements for antitrust hearing
Today is a big day for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, not to mention all the companies who rely on their ecosystems of devices, app stores, ad platforms and other services. The CEOs of the 'Big Four' will be testifying...
July 29, 2020
Sandbox Issue 257: Filter Tips. Making camera effects connect
Lead: Music-centric filters on social apps are designed to appeal not just to hardcore fans but also to get enough “shareability” to pull in potential new fans. They are also being used by labels themselves to create...
July 22, 2020
Facebook signs deal with Indian collecting society IPRS
The Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) has signed a deal with Facebook for use of the repertoire it represents in videos, music stickers and stories on the platform. The deal also covers similar usage on Instagram,...
July 21, 2020
Watch for YouTube impact of Facebook’s music videos move
Let us take you back on a short tour of Facebook music-video speculation. Start in 2012 when reports claimed Vevo – then the key aggregator of music videos – was in talks to ditch YouTube in favour of a partnership...
July 15, 2020
Facebook SDK, not Juice Wrld album, crashed Spotify
Music Ally is long enough in the tooth to remember the days when big music stars really could cause traffic spikes that might crash big digital services. That's rarely the case nowadays, which is why we were extremely...
July 13, 2020
Wiz Khalifa to play Genius Live interactive livestream
If there's one thing we've learned about livestreamed concerts during the Covid-19 lockdown, it's that fans relish interactivity: at its simplest level seeing an artist read and respond to comments in between songs. Genius...
July 8, 2020
More than 400 brands are boycotting Facebook ads this month
We wrote last month about the launch of a ‘Stop Hate for Profit‘ campaign encouraging brands to pause their advertising on Facebook and Instagram, in protest at Facebook’s policies around hate speech and...
July 2, 2020
Facebook is shutting down its TikTok-inspired app Lasso
“Can Facebook ‘Lasso’ teenagers with its new music app?” was the question in a Music Ally headline back in November 2018, as the social network launched a new app heavily inspired by TikTok – complete...
July 2, 2020
Facebook expands access to fan subscriptions and ‘stars’
In March, Facebook announced that it was expanding its ‘stars’ system to musicians. Stars are its equivalent to ‘bits and cheers’ on Twitch: a system for creators to make money when people are watching...
June 30, 2020