SiriusXM writes down Pandora value by $1bn citing royalties
US satellite radio firm SiriusXM has revealed that it is writing down the value of Pandora, its music streaming subsidiary, by around $1bn. The news came in SiriusXM’s announcement to investors of its expectations...
January 11, 2021
YouTube, SoundCloud and Pandora launch year-end reviews
You’re not fed up with streaming services’ end-of-year charts and reviews yet? Good, because three more dropped in the last 24 hours. YouTube’s is more focused on trends such as livestreaming (including...
December 10, 2020
Apple opens up: Pandora on HomePod and Spotify on Apple Watch
Well, it’s not as sudden as the headline sounds: Apple has been opening up its device ecosystem in new ways recently – it’s just we’re starting to see the apps and integrations now as a result. Pandora now works...
November 4, 2020
Pandora opens up its music analytics to Chartmetric
It's now five and a half years since streaming service Pandora bought music analytics firm Next Big Sound. Since then, it's formed the core of the company's data offering for artists and their teams. Now Pandora is taking...
October 30, 2020
Pandora now has 58.6m monthly active listeners
US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM published its latest financials yesterday, revealing that it now has nearly 30.5 million 'self-pay' subscribers to its service, having added 169,000 in the third quarter of this year. Its...
October 23, 2020
Streaming panel calls for more innovation from DSPs and labels
Are the big music streaming services too similar to one another? And if so, how can they break out of that box to innovate and differentiate themselves? A panel at Music Ally's Sandbox Summit Global online conference yesterday,...
September 24, 2020
Sandbox Issue 259: Six Months On, What Next?
Lead: The effect of COVID-19, six months on. This Sandbox issue hosts the launch of a new Music Ally monthly feature: our Global Experts Panel. We’ve assembled a panel of industry leaders from around the world, from many...
September 2, 2020
NMPA hopeful of keeping songwriters’ top line rate increase
We reported yesterday on the ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on the appeal by Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify against new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board. The decision was seen...
August 12, 2020
US appeals court knocks back CRB’s songwriter royalty rates
When Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify appealed against new, higher songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), it sparked fury in the publishing community. Get set for another outbreak: the US...
August 11, 2020
Google launches tools for audio ads on Spotify and Pandora
Is there more money to be squeezed out of the ad-supported music market? Google hopes so. But for once, we're not talking about YouTube in this context. Google's advertising business is also putting some more effort into...
August 7, 2020
Pandora kicks off a new series of concert livestreams
Streaming service Pandora is getting into the livestreaming game with a series of performances branded Pandora Live. The first one takes place next week (28 July) with country star Kane Brown, with the promise of more...
July 24, 2020
Court grants motion to dismiss Wixen / Pandora complaint
In June 2019, Wixen Music Publishing sued streaming service Pandora, alleging 'unauthorized commercial exploitation' of lyrics from songs in its catalogue. The case focused on Pandora's feature showing lyrics from partners...
July 10, 2020