Spotify upgrades family plan with new features (but same price… for now)
Last week, it was reported that Spotify will test a price increase for its family-plan subscription in Scandinavia. This morning, the company is announcing that it is launching an “upgraded” version of the plan globally,...
August 19, 2019
Dice reveals its 2016 Live Award nominees
British ticketing startup Dice has announced the nominees for its third annual Live Award, which highlights emerging artists in the UK and Ireland. This year’s nominees are Bonzai, Pumarosa, Loyle Carner and Nadia Rose....
November 14, 2016
BalconyTV turns 10: ‘At the start it was just a bog-standard camera…’
BalconyTV is 10 years old and in that time has grown from a small-scale operation in Dublin to now being in 65 cities around the world. The company was bought by The Orchard in 2014 and now finds itself headquartered in...
August 31, 2016
Irish startup Pulp aims to take on Musical.ly
The swift rise to popularity of Dubsmash in 2015 and now Musical.ly in 2016 is spawning a new wave of video-based social music apps. The latest is Dublin-based Pulp, which as far as we can tell is a rebranding of existing...
August 23, 2016
Virgin Media in Ireland ordered to stem file-sharing
Time was (15 years ago) when the headlines in digital music were dominated by the war on ISPs and attempts to get them to stop their customers illegally filesharing, so we felt a keening sense of nostalgia when we read that...
August 3, 2016
BBC takes on Beats 1 with global rollout of iPlayer Radio app
When Apple launched its Beats 1 radio station as part of Apple Music, there was a lot of speculation in the UK about the possible competition with the BBC’s music radio stations.
July 13, 2016
SoundCloud Go launches in UK: ‘less of a spreadsheet and more of a Snapchat’
SoundCloud is launching its SoundCloud Go subscription tier in the UK and Ireland today. They are the second and third countries to get the new premium tier, which launched in the US in March. SoundCloud is also introducing...
May 3, 2016
Gramma Music launches ‘reactive radio’ app
Irish firm Gramma Music is the latest music startup exploring the idea of personalised streaming radio. Or, as it describes its iPhone app, which went live last week: “The worlds first reactive-radio which intuitively...
March 21, 2016
Report claims music-videos service Muzu to be liquidated
Irish firm Muzu was one of a handful of music-focused challengers to YouTube in its day, albeit on a much smaller scale. Now it seems the end of the road may be in sight, with Music Business Worldwide reporting that Muzu...
October 12, 2015
Anti-piracy updates: Ireland, Spain, Denmark
The focus for anti-piracy measures has well and truly shifted back to ISPs in recent years. Some latest updates from the anti-piracy barricades, then, starting with Ireland. The High Court has ordered ISP UPC to introduce...
March 30, 2015
Labels press for UPC piracy crackdown in Ireland
Labels pushing for Irish ISPs to do more to tackle music piracy is a story that keeps resurfacing, usually in the courts. This week’s update features the local subsidiaries of Universal, Sony and Warner taking Ireland’s...
January 21, 2015