Lyor Cohen: ‘The music industry will recognise us as a huge value contributor’
Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s global head of music, has told Music Ally that 2018 will be “the year of music for YouTube and Google” and suggested the animosity between the video platform and the music industry will soon be...
February 20, 2018
Analyst claims YouTube is ‘probably’ a $15bn business
How much money does YouTube make from advertising? Parent company Alphabet has never announced that, leaving analysts to make their best guesses. In 2013, eMarketer claimed that the site was generating $5.6bn in annual...
February 19, 2018
Google tickets: FanFair Alliance sees ‘room for improvement’
Yesterday, we reported on Google implementing its new policy for secondary ticketing ads on its search engine. Now UK lobbying group FanFair Alliance has issued its response, which welcomes the changes while urging Google...
February 9, 2018
Google ‘tightens standards’ on secondary-ticketing search ads
Google has implemented a new policy on secondary-ticketing websites, which will now have to ‘radically increase their transparency’ to be certified to book advertising on its platform. To be certified, secondary sites...
February 7, 2018
NPR / Edison: One in six Americans now own a smart speaker
January has already seen a flurry of new research into smart speakers, timed to coincide with the CES show in Las Vegas. The latest example comes from NPR and Edison Research, who surveyed 1,816 Americans in November and...
January 15, 2018
Google Assistant finds its way into a raft of new devices
The CES technology show is underway in Las Vegas, including a blizzard of new-product and partnership announcements. As we predicted, Alexa vs Google Assistant is one of the show’s big themes, with Google setting out...
January 9, 2018
Google is selling more than one smart speaker every second
We’ve seen plenty of analyst estimates for the amount of Echo speakers being sold by Amazon, but what about their biggest rival, the Google Home family? Google has announced a stat – albeit one that requires a calculator...
January 8, 2018
2018 is a happy new year for Amazon and smart speakers
With Apple’s HomePod delayed to 2018, Amazon’s Echo range enjoyed a merry Christmas in 2017 “with tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices sold worldwide”. That’s according to its year-end press release, with...
January 2, 2018
Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepers
Spotify and Deezer’s CEOs have both signed a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for the EC to ensure they get a “level playing field” on platforms owned by large US technology companies...
December 14, 2017
Google tightens rules on ticket-reseller advertising
Google is updating its rules on how ticket-resellers can advertise on its search engine, with the changes due to take effect in January 2018. Secondary ticketing services globally will have to be certified with Google...
November 24, 2017
Telegram blocks channel after music-piracy complaint
Sorry, at the time of writing Taylor Swift hasn’t put her new album ‘Reputation’ on streaming services as a post-Thanksgiving gift to fans. Today’s Taylor story focuses on another aspect to the album’s rollout:...
November 24, 2017
Vita Bergen use Google Translate for their new tour
From taxis to restaurant menus in foreign climes, Google Translate has often been a useful travel tool for Music Ally. We’ve never thought of performing a song with it though. Leave that to Swedish indie-pop band Vita...
November 22, 2017