YouTube, Snap and TikTok to testify in US over children’s safety
In 2021, if you're a big tech platform with lots of children using your service, chances are you'll be in front of a committee of politicians sooner rather than later explaining how you keep those children safe.
October 20, 2021
Kids music brand Moonbug made $53.8m of revenues in 2020
Moonbug Entertainment is one of the biggest digital players in the kids music and animation industry. Financial results offer its latest figures.
October 7, 2021
Instagram ‘pauses’ its plans to build Instagram Kids app
Instagram was making a version of its app for children aged under 13. Now it's not – at least not for the moment. "We believe building Instagram Kids is the right thing to do, but we're pausing the work," wrote Instagram...
September 28, 2021
TikTok’s sister app Douyin limits children’s usage in China
Douyin is the Chinese version of TikTok, and like other apps that are popular with young people in China, it’s facing pressure to limit the time they spend on its service. Cue what Douyin described in a blog post as...
September 21, 2021
China cracks down on idol worship and children’s gaming
It will soon be quicker to report on which aspects of the technology industry the Chinese authorities are NOT cracking down on...
August 31, 2021
More than 21m players have used AI music app Splash on Roblox
AI music startup Popgun launched its Splash music-making app on gaming platform Roblox in May, and saw it used by more than one million players in its first 20 days. How's it going now? Still strong. "Wow, over 21M...
November 16, 2020
Baby Shark beats Despacito for most lifetime views on YouTube
There's been a changing of the guard at the top of YouTube's lifetime views chart. Sorry, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, but you've been outgunned by 'Baby Shark'. The official video for the world's toothiest earworm now...
November 3, 2020
YouTube deploys AI to tighten up age restrictions on videos
YouTube is keen to ensure that underage viewers aren't watching videos that are inappropriate. It's announced plans to "build on our approach of using machine learning to detect content for review, by developing and adapting...
September 23, 2020
WMG’s Arts Music signs YouTube kids brand Super Simple Songs
Warner Music Group's Arts Music division has been steadily growing its catalogue of kids and family music, with partners including Sesame Workshop, Mattel and Build-a-Bear Workshop. Its latest deal is with a popular YouTube...
September 21, 2020
Apple Music ‘Kids and Family’ listening doubled in four weeks
Spotify may have a separate app for kids, but it's far from the only music streaming service to be thinking about how children and their families listen. Apple Music, for example, said yesterday that its 'Kids and Family'...
August 27, 2020
10 talking points around kids, music and technology in 2020
Last month, Music Ally took part in the BPI and ERA's New Kids on the Block online event, looking at children's digital habits and what they mean for music. Research company Kids Insights produced a report for the event...
August 11, 2020
Sandbox Issue 258: KIDS’ STUFF. Music’s youngest and most powerful consumers
Lead: we report back on our recent New Kids On The Block: Insight Into A New Generation online conference that we ran in conjunction with UK trade bodies the BPI and ERA, drawing out the 10 key lessons from the different...
August 5, 2020