New study breaks down kids’ YouTube and TikTok habits
Sit down for this shocker: children spend quite a lot of time on YouTube and TikTok! Who knew? Next thing, someone will be telling us that they quite like Fortnite too. But no snark: a company called Qustodio, whose product...
June 5, 2020
Andy and the Odd Socks launch new album with kids’ parties
Andy Day is a popular children's TV presenter in the UK on TV channel CBeebies, but he's also been building a music career as the frontman of Andy and the Odd Socks. The band's new album comes out today (22 May) through...
May 22, 2020
Kids music channel Cocomelon hits 1bn weekly YouTube views
Here’s more evidence that one of the big winners of the Covid-19 lockdown period, musically speaking, is nursery rhymes for children. US-based channel Cocomelon has become the first YouTube channel ever to do more...
May 19, 2020
Popgun takes its AI-powered Splash music-making app to Roblox
We've written regularly about Australian AI-music startup Popgun, including its belief that AI could be the secret sauce for a service "where teenagers come together to make music for each other... the ‘pop stars on training...
May 19, 2020
Spotify Kids app gets some more parental controls
“I’ve just been watching the new video by Takeshi 6ix9ine. Lotta twerking. Lotta butts. A LOTTA butts!” was the cheerful message from the 11 year-old son of Music Ally’s editor earlier this week, sparking irrational...
May 13, 2020
Cope-ing mechanism: 90s indie singer returns as kids’ star
Nick Cope was lead singer in British indie band The Candyskins, who were Oxford contemporaries of (if not as big as) Supergrass back in the 1990s. They broke up in 1998, and although they’ve reunited for a few one-off...
May 4, 2020
Children’s music booms on platforms from YouTube to JioSaavn
One of the factors in YouTube’s viewing increase (see story higher up this bulletin) is the fact that schools are closed in many countries, and children are getting (even) more time on screens. At the younger end of...
April 29, 2020
YouTube Kids may be the top video streaming app of 2020 so far
Apptopia is one of a cluster of app analytics firms (see also: App Annie, Sensor Tower) mining the app stores for data on the size and growth of the apps market. Its latest report is co-published with a customer engagement...
April 3, 2020
SuperAwesome report: ‘Everyone is a kids and family brand now’
Just as many parents are teachers now, so when it comes to the world of technology and digital services “everyone is a kids and family brand now”. That’s the tagline for a report by kid-tech firm SuperAwesome, which...
April 1, 2020
Spotify Kids expands again, as country playlist Indigo launches
With parents across the world still getting to grips with home-schooling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and associated social-distancing measures, digital services aimed at children are having a big moment in the...
April 1, 2020
Kids in 2020: meet ‘Generation Speak’
Research firm Kids Insights surveys more than 100,000 children every year about their technology and media habits, so its latest report – ‘Future Forecast’ – is well worth a look. “This generation of kids are...
February 4, 2020
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