Google takes the wrappers off game-streaming service Stadia
Google was rumoured to be launching its own games console at the GDC event this week. Actually, the big reveal was something slightly different: but still a big move in the games world. Google’s new thing is called Stadia:...
March 20, 2019
Elizabeth Warren’s big-tech breakup could affect music-streaming
We’ll be honest: there are lots of reasons that US Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren thinks the biggest technology companies should be broken up: and none of them are directly about what the benefits might...
March 11, 2019
Publishers and streaming services square up over CRB rates
We don’t really want to talk about the dust ‘settling’ from last night’s news that Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon are appealing against the recent songwriter-royalty-rates decision by the US Copyright Royalty...
March 8, 2019
US publishers slam streaming services over CRB rates appeal
The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) in the US has given Amazon and Spotify both barrels over their decision to appeal against the recent songwriter royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board. Yet it seems...
March 7, 2019
France to levy new tax on ‘internet giants’
France is becoming the first European country to introduce a tax on large, multi-national internet companies. Under a bill announced yesterday, digital companies will have to pay the new tax of 3% on their French revenues...
March 7, 2019
Google continues lobbying on European copyright directive
The next hurdle for the proposed new European copyright directive to become law – Article 13 included – is a vote by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) later this month. It’s clear that lobbying from all sides...
March 5, 2019
There are 66m smart speakers in the US – and 70% are Echos
Research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has issued its latest estimates on the smart-speaker market in the US. It claims the number of speakers in use grew from 37m at the end of 2017 to 66m at the end...
February 6, 2019
Google and Baidu reveal latest stats for their voice assistants
Hey, Amazon! Google sees your announcement of Alexa being pre-installed on 100m devices, and raises you… tenfold. Or rather: Google says that by the end of January, its Google Assistant voice-assistant will be on more than...
January 8, 2019
Spotify and Google team up for smart-speaker giveaway in the US
Well, ‘giveaway’ may not be quite the right term here: it’s not a complete freebie as it requires a paying subscription. But new *and* existing Spotify Family plan subscribers in the US can now claim a Google Home...
November 1, 2018
Apple CEO: ‘Our own information… is being weaponised against us’
If you haven’t read any of the stories about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s speech in Brussels yesterday, they’re worth a look. Cook outlined Apple’s views on digital privacy, and while (of course!) he didn’t name Google...
October 25, 2018
Google Home Hub to compete with Echo Show and Facebook Portal
We’re going to have to find a new name that isn’t ‘smart speakers’ to cover devices that include a screen: answers on a postcard, please! Hot on the heels of Facebook Portal, Google unveiled its latest smart-home...
October 10, 2018
Google+ to shut down after Google reveals user-data leak
It seems a long time since Music Ally was writing articles about what the Google+ social network might mean for music marketing. Google stopped promoting it as a social network some time ago, although Google+ lived on. Not...
October 9, 2018