BBC Sounds app to get round-the-clock stream of dance music
If music streaming services are getting more like radio, why can't radio stations get more like the streaming services too? And they can / are, with the latest example being an offshoot from British broadcaster the BBC's...
September 17, 2020
Radio station SWR uses AI to let users to “Shuffle” live songs
Music radio persists in an era of hyper-personalised playlists, possibly because it offers a contrasting linear, set-and-forget experience. One of Germany’s most popular radio stations, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), has...
September 2, 2020
Report analyses gender disparity on UK radio stations
A new report has been looking at gender diversity through the lens of what gets onto the radio airwaves in the UK. The report, by Linda Coogan Byrne and Women in Ctrl, analysed the 20 most-played British artists on 31 UK...
August 24, 2020
Apple Music Radio adds live country and hits stations
Spotify’s ‘audio first’ strategy involves an aggressive move into spoken-word content with podcasts (and soon audiobooks?) to compete with live radio. Apple Music has followed a different path, with the...
August 19, 2020
Apple Music adds mixes from Tomorrowland: Around the World
The recent online Tomorrowland: Around the World festival was a hit, reaching more than one million viewers. The festival has since launched its 'relive' website for ticketholders to watch the sets on demand. Now Apple...
August 6, 2020
SiriusXM confirms Stitcher acquisition for up to $325m
We reported last week that satellite-radio firm (and Pandora owner) SiriusXM was in talks to buy podcasts company Stitcher. Yesterday, the deal was confirmed. SiriusXM is paying $265m in cash for the company, with up...
July 14, 2020
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
*Learn more about how to successfully incorporate podcasts into your content strategy Podcasts are firmly part of our media diet – with some turning into huge brands and others happy to cater to the most niche of...
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