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Music Ally Report 388 – Spotify: A decade in and its long road ahead

In our cover feature we mark 10 years since the founding of Spotify by looking at its journey so far and pointing to where it needs to move next if it wants to celebrate a second decade in the music industry. Trying to balance...
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Music Ally Report 383 – Invested Interest

Our cover feature picks apart the investment trends in music companies and services over the past two years and draws some surprising conclusions. The headline figure is that investment in 2015 was actually double that in...
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Music Ally Report 382 – Startup Shutdown

Our cover feature surveys the startup boneyard to try and understand precisely why so many music services, all promising a fizzing new future at their launch, hit the wall quickly, found out they were in the wrong lane...
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Music Ally Report 381 – Mechanical Animus

Our cover feature picks apart the two lawsuits that hit Spotify either side of Christmas to consider not only what they mean for the Swedish streaming company but also digital royalty reporting in general. Millions of dollars...
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Music Ally Report 379 – Can Pandora Escape its Box

Our cover feature looks into what Pandora’s recent flurry of acquisitions – parts of Rdio and all of Ticketfly (as well as Next Big Sound earlier in the year) – and direct licensing deals (adding Sony/ATV to a previous...
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Music Ally Report 376 – Writing Wrongs: Music Publishing’s Biggest Challenges Laid Bare

Our cover feature nails down what the issues dominating the publishing industry currently are. Metadata is, by far, the biggest time bomb. Payments are being slowed down and discovery options being compromised because the...
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Music Ally Report 374 – Battle of the Beeb

In our cover feature we look at the BBC’s plans for a streaming music service, and why they’re causing tension with music rightsholders in the UK. The broadcaster is planning a time and catalogue-limited offering that...
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Music Ally Report 373 – Beyond YouTube

Please note that after today both the Music Ally Report and Sandbox will be taking a short break for the summer where they will go paddling in the sea, get unsightly tan lines and eat ice cream in the yard. We will make our...
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Sandbox 135 – Super Fans

Lead: Streaming is unlocking intricate data about super fans and their listening behaviour, putting artists and labels in powerful new positions to make the most of this real-time flow of analytics. Hailed as a win/win for...
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Music Ally Report 368 – Apple Music Exclusive

In our cover feature we speak to Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine, the people behind Apple Music – the biggest launch in digital music for years. We look at what it is, what it does, where it will fit into the market and what...
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Music Ally Report – 367 – Play-ola

In our cover feature we pick apart streaming playlists to look at how pitching, “power-seeding” and payola (or, more specifically, play-ola) is being used and abused to break acts and drive hits. The indies, for now,...
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Sandbox 133 – Twitter Turned Up

Lead: Audio Cards push Twitter way beyond 140 characters and allow the platform to include actual songs. On the surface, this could be dismissed as a gimmick, but both mega-acts and emerging artists are using it and seeing...