Spotify refreshes its mobile app design on iOS
Spotify has given its mobile app a spring clean, for now on Apple’s iOS, although we’d imagine that Android will follow in due course. Spotify is pitching the app’s new design as “a more streamlined, easy-to-use interface...
February 28, 2020
Rightsholders worried about South Africa mobile piracy potential
The IIPA (International Intellectual Property Alliance) is a coalition of a number of US trade associations – including, on the music side, the RIAA and NMPA. According to TorrentFreak, it is lobbying to have South Africa...
February 18, 2020
YouTube dominates mobile video-streaming time says App Annie
YouTube remains the Billy Big Boots of the online video world, according to the latest report from mobile analytics firm App Annie. It claims that of the time spent in the world’s five most popular video streaming apps...
February 14, 2020
Report suggests Bytedance set for big push into mobile games
Fresh from test-launching its Resso music-streaming service, Bytedance is set to expand into another sector that will bring it into direct competition with fellow Chinese firm Tencent. That sector is mobile gaming, which...
January 20, 2020
Pandora ramps up personalisation features in its mobile app
It might sound strange to see a streaming service making a big announcement about ‘personalisation and discovery’, given how core (and, some argue, commoditised) these features are in the current music-streaming landscape....
October 2, 2019
Sandbox Issue 233: Shopping Around: Making Online Stores Add Up
Lead: Working with D2C experts is one part of the business, but changes in how social media sites are structuring themselves can offer acts new ways to sell products to fans of all stripes. We look at where social platforms...
July 25, 2019
Marshmello launches his own mobile game to debut new album
EDM star Marshmello’s association with gaming is already well known: he’s teamed up with online star ‘Ninja’ to win pro-am Fortnite tournaments, and attracted more than 10 million people to his virtual concert within...
July 3, 2019
Sandbox Issue 228: Marketing on a Budget
Lead: You can throw cash at a campaign and make headlines for how much you actually spent. But what about the other end of the spending spectrum where there is a tiny (or non-existent) budget? We look at some of the main...
May 15, 2019
BTS are getting their own mobile game called BTS World
In perhaps the first example of K-Pop megastars BTS following in the footsteps of metal legends Iron Maiden – readers, write in if you can think of another! – BTS are getting their own mobile game. It’s called BTS...
May 10, 2019
Beat The Intro mobile game will push new releases and deep catalogue
A new music-based game has launched that claims it will create “new revenue and promotional opportunities for the music industry”. Beat The Intro says it has licensed “millions of tracks” already and, as its name...
April 10, 2019
Report claims 2.4bn people will play mobile games in 2019
The phrase ‘attention economy’ has been on the lips of plenty of music-industry people for years now, as we recognise that music is competing for attention with games, video-streaming and other forms of digital...
March 7, 2019
UMG boss excited by mobile potential for streaming growth
Universal Music chief Sir Lucian Grainge keynoted the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona this week, stressing the excitement his company feels about the mobile industry globally. “In some regions of the world...
February 26, 2019