Facebook Messenger has 800m users – what does that mean for music?
Facebook says its Facebook Messenger messaging app hit the milestone of 800 million active users at the end of 2015, up from 500 million in November 2014. In fact, the social network's VP of messaging products David Marcus...
January 7, 2016
1.4bn people will use mobile messaging apps in 2015
Research firm eMarketer has published its first estimates for the mobile messaging market, and the figures are big. Its new report claims that 1.4bn people will use mobile messaging apps this year – 75% of smartphone...
November 11, 2015
Line added just 1m active users in last quarter
User growth has slowed drastically for social app Line, which added just 1m new monthly active users last quarter, and 6m the quarter before that. The company’s latest financials reveal it now has 212m active users,...
October 30, 2015
Tunepics raises $2m and says it’s in talks with Spotify
Music messaging apps continue to have plenty of sceptics: Music Messenger disappeared from the app stores not long after its $30m funding round, while hard data on the popularity of startups like MSTY and Rithm remains thin...
October 30, 2015
Line postpones its IPO again after growth challenges
Japanese social app Line isn’t going public in the near future, after its parent company Naver abandoned plans for an IPO. It’s the second time the company has postponed going public with its messaging subsidiary, with...
August 28, 2015
Only 36% of American smartphone owners use messaging apps
Count us surprised by the headline finding from the Pew Research Center’s latest US study: it claims that 36% of American smartphone owners are using messaging apps, although that rises to 49% of 18-29 year-olds. Both figures...
August 21, 2015
Shock news! Snapchat lost money in 2014
No, not a shock at all, given that Snapchat had tens of millions of daily users that year, but only launched its first ads in October. Still, Gawker’s leaked accounts for Snapchat between January and November 2014 are still...
August 21, 2015
Messaging app Kik launches Jam ‘music community’
Earlier this year, messaging app Kik said it had 200 million registered users, and while it has resisted calls to say how many of them are active, it claims that the ones who are average 35 minutes per session in the app....
August 13, 2015
WeChat: ‘A portal, platform and even a mobile operating system’
If you’re interested in the evolution of messaging apps into platforms for media, we recommend a reading of a new blog post by Connie Chan, partner at VC firm Andreessen Horowitz about WeChat (aka Weixin). “While seemingly...
August 12, 2015
Messaging apps: hits or hype for future music marketing?
Tonight is Music Ally’s Future Music Marketing event in London, where we’ve gathered a panel of opinionated experts to give their views on whether a selection of technologies are hits or hype – or a bit of both –...
April 16, 2015
Facebook Messenger evolves: here’s what it means for music
As predicted, Facebook announced plans yesterday to turn its Facebook Messenger app into a bona-fide platform for external developers, while also confirming that the messaging app now has 600 million monthly active users. (Or,...
March 26, 2015
MixRadio sees messaging and music coming together with Line
Having completed its acquisition by messaging firm Line, streaming service MixRadio’s Mark Wheatley has been talking about the company’s ambition to bring music and messaging together in the future. “We will see –...
March 24, 2015