The history of the album-app: creativity galore but commercially tough
As long as there have been app stores for smartphone and tablets, there have been musicians and developers exploring the potential for albums to be delivered as apps. Many of these projects have been creative and technologically...
July 25, 2016
Apple unveils new iPhone SE four-inch smartphone
Apple Music didn’t get a mention at last night’s Apple press event, where the company focused more on its new devices. They include the iPhone SE, a smaller smartphone with a four-inch screen, which will be the more...
March 22, 2016
Lang Lang teams up with Tido for classical music app
Pianist Lang Lang has been app-savvy for some time now: for a while he made a splash at his concerts by encoring with Smule’s Magic Piano app running on an iPad. Now he’s launching his own app in partnership with startup...
November 16, 2015
Apple debuts new iPhones and iPad Pro… and a Pencil
Besides its new Apple TV and related music announcements, what else did Apple reveal last night at its event in San Francisco? There are new iPhones: the 6s and 6s Plus, with better cameras, processors and a “3D Touch”...
September 11, 2015
Apple Music: ‘millions’ of listeners but also FTC interest
Apple announced its latest quarterly results last night, and while the company resisted the temptation to give hard stats on the performance of its new Apple Music service, CEO Tim Cook did throw out a few nuggets. “Millions...
July 22, 2015
Apple still top in tablets, but overall sales are falling
Global tablet shipments fell 5.9% year-on-year to 47.1m units in the first quarter of 2015, according to research firm IDC. It’s the second consecutive quarter to record such a decline. Apple accounted for 26.8% of those...
May 1, 2015
Apple made more money in China last quarter than the recorded music industry did in 2014
Apple’s quarterly financial results last night were a now-familiar tale of massive revenues and profits, although the performance of the company’s iPad tablet remains the one less positive aspect of its business. The...
April 28, 2015
IDC predicts ‘massive deceleration’ in tablet shipments
More tablets will ship in 2014 than did in 2013, but the growth is a lot less than last year. Research firm IDC claims that year-on-year growth in tablet shipments will be just 7.2% this year, compared to 52.5% in 2013 –...
November 30, 2014
American Express launches Taylor Swift Experience app
Have you watched Taylor Swift’s new music video, for her single ‘Blank Space’ yet? If so, you may have noticed the ad at the end for what looks like a brand new Taylor Swift tablet app. So what’s the app? Well, it’s...
November 13, 2014
Apple’s latest monster quarter: $42.1bn revenues and $8.5bn net profit
Apple reported its latest quarterly financials last night, and as results go they were pretty stonking. The company's revenues rose 12.3% year-on-year to $42.1bn for the quarter, while its net profit rose 13.3% to $8.5bn. In...
October 21, 2014
U2 and Apple’s ‘new format’ for music is likely just an app
Lots of excitement and no little mockery yesterday at news that U2 and Apple are working on a mysterious new digital music format. “An audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring...
September 20, 2014