Last.fm is 20: VP of Product Michael Horan on Last.fm’s 20 years in music-tech – and the future of data in the music industry
This article from Last.fm is Partner Content. The Music Ally Focus Podcast recently welcomed Michael Horan, VP of Product at Last.fm, which is just about to hit a remarkable milestone: 20 years as a music tech company. In...
November 25, 2022
CISAC report reveals growth in global music collections
CISAC, the global collecting-societies body, has published its annual 'Global Collections Report' setting out the collections of its 239 members in more than 120 countries. As ever, it's a useful counterpart to the IFPI's...
November 7, 2019
Transgressive Records at 15: ‘Sometimes great things take time…’
On paper, 2004 was one of the worst years in living memory to set up a record label. The decade-and-a-half decline in recorded-music revenues was well underway, with CD sales falling off a cliff. And the main lifeline in...
October 4, 2019
Amuse CEO talks growth, Old Town Road and artist-friendly deals
"What have you done for me lately?" Diego Farias, CEO of music distributor and label Amuse, is on the other end of a video call to Music Ally, singing the chorus of Janet Jackson's classic track with a smile on his face,...
August 28, 2019
Feed.fm talks music in fitness apps: ‘It’s about ROI’
Music is proving its value to fitness apps and other health-focused startups, according to Lauren Pufpaf, co-founder and COO of B2B music firm Feed·fm. Health and fitness is a key vertical for her company, which handles...
August 13, 2019
Boomy talks AI music: ‘We want to make music that’s meaningful’
“Our goal was never to make music that was good! Maybe someday we will, and people will say it’s good. But our goal is to make music that’s meaningful. That’s a different kind of thing…” Alex Mitchell is the...
July 31, 2019
Can startup Endlesss become the TikTok of music-making?
“I wonder whether we’re experiencing the death of content. Or rather, the fall of content and the rise of relationships. The value of content as a leanback experience that’s measured in ‘attention’ diminishes, and...
July 30, 2019
Gleam Futures’ Dom Smales explains move into music management
Managers have always been an important part of the music industry, and in recent years, they’ve been getting more involved in the digital side of their artists’ careers. Meanwhile, over in the world of YouTubers (and...
July 13, 2016
Tidal has too many kinks
No, not the village green-preserving Muswell Hill–based battling brothers – but rather continuing teething problems. Madonna, one of the artists who owns a stake in Tidal, has been defending it against mounting criticism....
July 28, 2015
Outgoing Twitter CEO: going public caused ‘short-term thinking’
Dick Costolo is on his way out as Twitter CEO, and in one of his final interviews he admitted that going public was a barrier to the company’s “long-term vision”. “You always want to keep focused on the long-term...
July 1, 2015
Ian Rogers on Beats 1 and Apple Music launch times; Sonos integration coming
Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine have dominated all the interviews and public discussions around Apple Music and Beats 1. Ian Rogers is a key part of that team but has been silent – until now. He has written a short blog ahead...
June 29, 2015
Rdio CEO talks radio, Spotify, indies and freemium (interview)
Anthony Bay is guffawing down the phone line from San Francisco, after Music Ally uses the traditional British phrase “fighting like cats in a sack” to describe the current state of the music industry. “Cats in a...
June 22, 2015