Tidal launches personalised video-mix playlists feature
Tidal has launched a new feature called ‘My Video Mix’ which, as you will have guessed from the name, offers a series of video playlists to users. Blending human editors’ recommendations with machine-driven picks based...
November 27, 2019
TikTok reaches 1.5bn downloads and tests shopping features
As parent company Bytedance prepares to launch its dedicated music-streaming service, TikTok has reached a new milestone. Well, it has according to research firm SensorTower, anyway. It claims that TikTok has now been downloaded...
November 18, 2019
Spotify launches anime hub and tests synchronised lyrics
Spotify’s latest niche is music from Japanese anime TV shows and films. The streaming service recently launched a dedicated hub for this music in a range of countries. “Since the hub launched on October 8, fans in the...
November 15, 2019
Instagram’s in-test ‘Reels’ feature takes aim at TikTok
‘Killer’ is one of the most overused words in the field of tech journalism, when it’s appended to the name of digital services thought to be under threat from a rival or copycat launched by a much-bigger technology...
November 13, 2019
Twitter launches feature for people to follow ‘topics’
Early next week, there’ll be a new way for Twitter users to keep up with the subjects they’re interested in. It’s a new feature called ‘topics’ which launches on 13 July, and it involves following...
November 7, 2019
Deezer launches dedicated app for 360 Reality Audio tracks
Deezer is one of the streaming services supporting Sony’s new 360 Reality Audio format. As it turns out, that support won’t just be playing out within Deezer’s existing mobile app. The company has launched a standalone...
October 29, 2019
Soundcharts launches new media-monitoring feature for artists
Music-analytics platform Soundcharts has a new feature: ‘Mentions’. It promises ‘global media and web monitoring’ for artists, tracking where they’re mentioned in three categories of media: ‘music media’, ‘verified...
October 24, 2019
Spotify exec: ‘Audio is our biggest focus and strategy’
Some music rightsholders will bristle at the quotes from Spotify’s MD for central Europe Michael Krause made at the Frankfurt Audio Summit this week, as reported by book-publishing industry outlet The Bookseller. “Audio...
October 18, 2019
Spotify makes Canvas less blank
The Canvas feature on Spotify (where a short video loops on the mobile app instead of just having the single or album artwork) is opening up to more users via the Spotify for Artists tool. Music Ally first spotted the feature...
October 11, 2019
Pandora ramps up personalisation features in its mobile app
It might sound strange to see a streaming service making a big announcement about ‘personalisation and discovery’, given how core (and, some argue, commoditised) these features are in the current music-streaming landscape....
October 2, 2019
Influencers use Instagram’s ‘Close Friends’ feature as a paywall
There are many things that influencers do that make us bury our heads in our hands, but sometimes they hit upon something interesting on the platforms that are their main stomping grounds. Witness The Atlantic’s latest...
September 19, 2019
Spotify creates a ‘Viisualiizer’ for the new Bon Iver album
Fans of words with too many i’s in will be pleased about the latest artist-marketing partnership with Spotify. It’s for Bon Iver’s latest album ‘i,i’, which came out earlier this month. Spotify has worked with the...
August 30, 2019