SiriusXM in talks to acquire podcasting company Stitcher
Spotify's market cap is $48.4bn at the time of writing, having grown by $6.5bn since we last checked in on 19 June – and then it had already grown by nearly $12bn in the previous month. As we explained then, it's the...
July 7, 2020
The Rise and Rise of Music Podcasts
Podcasts are firmly part of our media diet – with some turning into huge brands and others happy to cater to the most niche of interests. The podcast economy boom is now so great that not only did Spotify pay $100m to...
July 6, 2020
MP3·com and MP3tunes founder Michael Robertson launches TuneRoom site
Among music industry executives of a certain age, the name 'Michael Robertson' may cause a shiver. His past ventures including MP3·com and MP3tunes sparked high-profile lawsuits from music rightsholders. In recent years,...
May 22, 2020
Google is launching a three-day radio station this weekend
Apple has its Beats 1 radio station, but now Google has Nest Sessions. Alright, it's not quite on the same level of ambition. Described as "a mood-lifting music experience inspired by psychology", Nest Sessions will broadcast...
May 22, 2020
Music Ally Startup Files: Radiant’s Spotify-powered DJ is an AI
Squeezing new uses from existing technology sparks creative revolutions. Dancing to recorded music was weird until someone who understood the crowd started to link the right songs together in the right place, and created...
May 19, 2020
Spotify’s mantra for radio vs on-demand streaming: ‘Everything linear dies’
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and CFO Paul Vogel have been fielding questions from analysts following the company's publication of its Q1 2020 financial results earlier today, and their interview with Music Ally shortly afterwards. There...
April 29, 2020
Sonos launches its own ad-supported radio service
Connected-audio firm Sonos has always taken a Switzerland approach to supporting the various music streaming services, but it’s easy to forget that radio has been a big use case for its devices too, thanks to integrations...
April 22, 2020
Opposition filed to Liberty Media plans to increase iHeartMedia stake
In December 2019, it was reported that media group Liberty Media was seeking to increase its stake in radio and streaming group iHeartMedia – possibly to a level that would give it control of the latter company. Now...
April 16, 2020
iHeartMedia expands cost-saving measures to $250m this year
US radio and streaming giant iHeartMedia has announced plans to cut $250m of costs this year, in an expansion of its previous $50m plan to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The measures include furloughing...
April 15, 2020
Some iHeartMedia staff furloughed as CEO foregoes his salary
Last week, we reported on US radio, live and streaming group iHeartMedia withdrawing its financial guidance for 2020 and drawing on $350m of a pre-agreed credit facility to tide it through the coronavirus pandemic. However,...
April 2, 2020
Deezer launches ‘Stay at Home’ hub for housebound listeners
There have always been plenty of ‘concentration’ or ‘focus’ playlists for people trying to get some work done while streaming music. Given the current situation, expect ‘working from home’...
March 24, 2020
Study suggests country radio listeners DO want more women
Country radio stations in the US have been criticised strongly in recent times for their male-dominated playlists. A study published earlier this month by SongData’s Jada Watson showed why: women accounted for just 10%...
February 19, 2020