BTS Army (and Cape Verde) help K-Pop stars break iTunes record
Is there any country in the world where BTS aren't big? They're certainly big in Cape Verde: their 'Black Swan' track has gone to number one in the country's iTunes chart. Why are we writing about this? Well, this was...
July 7, 2020
Fan campaign makes Welsh-language song ‘Yma O Hyd’ an iTunes hit
Fancy starting the day with a sing-song? Come on then: “Ry’n ni yma o hyd / Ry’n ni yma o hyd / Er gwaetha pawb a phopeth…” Those are the words of ‘Yma O Hyd’, a track by Welsh folk artist Dafydd Iwan...
January 14, 2020
Kanye West ‘Yandhi’ ringtones quickly removed from iTunes
This time last year, Kanye West was working on a new album project called ‘Yandhi’, although it has since been renamed ‘Jesus is King’. This summer, some of the demos from the project leaked. Now, someone appears...
October 2, 2019
iTunes software retired but downloads store ‘just a click away’
As predicted, Apple is breaking up its iTunes software into separate apps for music, podcasts and video. But also as predicted, this doesn’t mean the death of its iTunes music-downloads store. That’s made very clear in Apple’s...
June 4, 2019
Report predicts Apple will soon retire its iTunes software
Apple is killing iTunes! So said dozens of headlines this weekend, which all lead back to a single sentence in a Bloomberg article claiming that “The company is launching a trio of new apps for the Mac – Music, TV,...
June 3, 2019
Apple sued over claims iTunes user data was sold to third parties
A class action federal lawsuit filed in California is accusing Apple of selling on information of users’ iTunes purchases to third parties. It is being led by three plaintiffs from Rhode Island and Michigan and they are...
May 28, 2019
Chinese artist Kris Wu hits big on iTunes – and not with bots
Kris Wu had a big hit on Apple’s iTunes chart last week with his album ‘Antares’, but the Chinese artist swiftly fell foul of online rumourmongers suggesting that his sales success was in some way down...
November 8, 2018
7digital’s Pete Downton talks streaming, telcos, voice control and Apple
In the mid-2000s, Pete Downton had a PowerPoint presentation. It included a slide with a map of the world plotting Warner Music Group’s licensing partnerships with 40 mobile operators: a network with a theoretical reach...
December 14, 2017
Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is becoming an iTunes hit
A track called ‘Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is 10 minutes of silence. Not in a John Cage conceptual way, but for purely practical purposes. Samir Rezhami created the track in response to a bug (or feature!) that...
August 11, 2017
Voltra takes on Bandcamp with 100% artist rev-share
This is an obvious point for Music Ally readers, but while we’re in a transition from sales to streams and ownership to access, that doesn’t mean sales and ownership of music are entirely dead concepts – particularly...
March 22, 2017
Garth Brooks hails Amazon’s ‘great money’ and short terms
Country musician Garth Brooks has been talking about his evolving digital strategy, including his recent exclusive streaming deal with Amazon. “Out of the blue, here comes Amazon looking to start a streaming partnership...
December 7, 2016
PPL’s new performer board members reveal their priorities
UK music licensing firm PPL has two new board members from the artist and management community. Performer Roxanne de Bastion and manager David Stopps have been elected to join PPL’s Performer Board, as well as its main...
November 28, 2016