Spotify for Kids app launches in beta, starting in Ireland
Spotify now has 248 million monthly active users, but how many of them are children? We don’t know, and neither does Spotify: its minimum age varies across the world, but the lowest is 13 years old with parent or guardian...
October 30, 2019
Study finds music still rocks for US tweens and teens
Common Sense Media has been surveying more than 1,600 American 8-18 year-olds about their media habits, and there are plenty of findings relevant to the music industry. The toplines include the fact that tweens (8-12 year-olds)...
October 30, 2019
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
Top Baby Shark videos doo-doo doo-doo-doo-do 4.6bn views
We are genuinely sorry for what’s on your internal jukebox for the rest of today. But this is a genuinely-interesting data story about viral hit ‘Baby Shark’, with some stats collated by video-analytics firm Tubular...
January 31, 2019
USP Studios brings its children’s songs to streaming services
Have you heard of Indian company USP Studios? You may not have done, but if you have young children, you may well have seen some of its characters and heard some of its music. The company runs a network of more than 550 channels...
January 8, 2019
YouTube children’s-music channel Little Baby Bum gets acquired
You likely won’t know Little Baby Bum unless you’ve had toddlers in the last few years: it’s the most successful nursery-rhymes channel on YouTube, with its animated songs proving hugely popular. How popular? The British...
September 17, 2018
New Hope Club contest will see children ‘engineer’ a music video
British boy band New Hope Club are turning to a new source of ideas for their next music video: children. The band are working with TV show Blue Peter and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on a competition...
September 17, 2018
YouTube adds music videos to its YouTube Kids app
Children, believe it or not, aren’t *just* watching gamers like Ali-A play Fortnite on YouTube. They’re also fans of music videos. That means YouTube’s latest announcement should be of interest to the music industry:...
September 14, 2018
Fruit Punch Music promises to be ‘Spotify for kids’
On a recent family road-trip, while skipping the *many* tracks currently in Spotify’s Top 50 chart that have explicit lyrics, we wondered again why the streaming service hasn’t ever offered a ‘radio edits’ mode for...
April 16, 2018
Musical.ly under fire for self-harm and eating-disorder videos
“One word sums up my experience: Nowayismykidgettingthisapp.” A blog post by a parent about social-music app Musical.ly has been getting wide circulation in recent days, with some scathing criticism of the kind of...
March 12, 2018
Former 7digital boss launches Yoto smart-speaker for kids
Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are a sensitive subject when it comes to children. While both those companies are encouraging developers to create child-friendly ‘skills’, there are concerns around...
November 2, 2017
Meet the centennials: SuperAwesome boss talks kids in 2017
The opening session at Music Ally's Sandbox Summit conference in London today was a keynote by Dylan Collins, the CEO of children's network SuperAwesome. His focus was on the new generation of consumers (mainly those under...
October 11, 2017