Lawyers outline ‘messy questions’ around AI-created music
If you, like us, are curious about the implications of music generated by artificial-intelligence, then we can thoroughly recommend the latest article by The Verge journalist Dani Deahl. She’s been talking to lawyers about...
April 18, 2019
Amazon tipped to launch free, ad-supported music service
Amazon to launch a free music-streaming service? Wait, it already has one! Or perhaps not: Amazon Prime Music may be bundled into the company’s Prime membership so that it feels free to people signing up for free shopping...
April 15, 2019
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 Issue 180 – WhatsApp Doc?
Lead: WhatsApp has 1.2bn monthly users. Amazing. But the music industry is barely using it as a marketing platform. Not amazing. So why not? There are (still) pragmatic issues such as as a cap on the number of users in a...
May 24, 2017
Sandbox 178: Mixed Up
Lead: mixtapes have long been used in hip-hop, often when acts are starting out and wanting to create a buzz around themselves. Now they are becoming more common as major acts use them as an embellishment to an existing...
April 26, 2017
Sandbox 177: One Congregation Under A Groove
Lead: Group listening is back for a second swing, with the likes of Stationhead, Vertigo and JQBX all hoping to learn from the shortcomings of Turntable.fm and Soundrop. We speak to those trying to carve out a space here...
April 12, 2017
Sandbox 176: All or Nothing
Lead: The gap between albums is getting shorter and the turnover time faster. Add into that the demand to feed multiple social media channels plus the fact that anything can be a single now – and worked simultaneously...
March 29, 2017
Sandbox 175: Music goes all-in on Snapchat
Lead: While everyone is currently flapping about Snapchat in terms of its jaw-dropping $28.3bn valuation after its IPO, it’s important to bring things back to what the app actually does and how its huge audience engages...
March 15, 2017
Sandbox 174: On Air, Video goes live
Lead: Native video was where creatives were being shunted last year, but this year it’s all about live video. With YouTube and Facebook Live promising greater promotional opportunities and reach, to Instagram, Periscope,...
March 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