Tag: music business
Music Ally Report 403: Hardware Special
Welcome to our hardware special. Here we look at the music-related technologies that are most exciting, interesting or liable to propel the music business into its next stage of evolution. We have consciously stepped back...
June 1, 2017
Sandbox 173: The GIF that keeps on giving
Lead: GIFs might seem like a way of flooding the web with the most trivial of content, but they are a hugely important part of building fan communities around artists. While pop acts like Drake, Beyoncé, Little Mix and...
February 15, 2017
Sandbox 172: Locally Sourced Playlists
Lead: As streaming playlists have created their own centre of gravity around breaking new acts and tracks, there are mounting criticisms that this same centre of gravity benefits only acts from a handful of already-dominant...
February 1, 2017
Report 390 – Limited Edition
In our cover feature we pick apart just what is so “exclusive” about exclusives. They represent the new arms race gripping services, driven in the main by Tidal and Apple Music and their keenness to grab market share;...
June 8, 2016
Report 389 – Onstage, Online
In our cover feature we look beyond the noisy chatter about VR concerts to consider where else digital is really impacting on the live business. From the rise of non-live companies using ticketing to turn themselves into...
May 12, 2016
The live music industry and the big data lag
Cortney Harding has written a post for Medium in which she calls out the live industry for moving far too slowly to become a proper digital business. While she says the record business is going death or glory into big data,...
July 31, 2015
Imogen Heap talks about Mycelia and how blockchain can help the music business
There is clearly “something in the air” (well, on the web). Yesterday we covered Zoë Keating talking about how blockchain and Bitcoin could bring greater transparency to the digital music industry. Now Forbes has run...
July 29, 2015
Spotify’s US lobbying efforts may be focusing on Apple Music
Earlier this year, it emerged that Spotify had appointed four Washington lobbying firms to cover different aspects of its business (Bulletin, 16-Apr-15). Now it seems at least one of them is earning its fee, according to...
July 14, 2015
PledgeMusic president hails Apple Music D2C implications
There were a fair few critics of Apple Music last week, but direct-to-fan firm PledgeMusic’s president Benji Rogers is a fan. In a blog post on the company’s site, he has explained why, calling Apple’s new service “one...
June 17, 2015
Will the .music domain name save the business?
Diffuser has a lengthy feature looking into the history of the .music domain name – as well as that of TLDs (top-level domains) in general – and lots of ruminations on what this could mean for the music business. A number...
June 10, 2015
Apple wants 100m (!) subscribers
This Billboard piece was published ahead of last night’s official announcement and ran through the rumours about how licensed (or not) the service was. Buried at the end is a source claiming that Apple has set itself a...
June 9, 2015
Noel Gallagher on Tidal: ‘Do these people think they’re the f***ing Avengers?’
If you, like us, have been waiting for someone to point a dictaphone at Noel Gallagher and ask him what he thinks of streaming service Tidal, today’s your (and our) lucky day. Rolling Stone did the honours, and the former...
May 6, 2015