Slacker Radio debuts a ‘social media influencer’ station
US streaming service Slacker Radio’s latest channel is a partnership with influencer-driven label Heard Well. The channel, Heard Well Radio, will see the likes of Connor Franta, Tyler Oakley and JC Caylen playing songs...
July 13, 2018
New BBC Sounds app mixes music, radio and podcasts
Executives from British broadcaster the BBC have been admitting publicly for some time that its radio stations face an important challenge in the on-demand music-streaming services. Its latest response is a new app called...
June 27, 2018
Report claims TuneIn is exploring a potential sale
Streaming radio service TuneIn has irked some rightsholders in recent times, but now the company is reportedly mulling a potential sale. Bloomberg claimed that TuneIn has hired boutique investment bank LionTree Advisors...
June 22, 2018
TuneIn launches discounted subscription for Alexa devices
Streaming-radio service TuneIn is trying something new for Amazon’s Echo speakers. It’s a discounted premium subscription tier, which will cost $2.99 a month from Alexa-enabled devices, compared to the usual $9.99-a-month...
April 3, 2018
Launching Stationhead–The First ‘Stories’ Format for the Music Industry
A year ago, Music Ally ran the first-ever interview on New York startup Stationhead as the company emerged from stealth mode. Since that first interview, publications including Billboard, TechCrunch and Forbes have followed...
March 8, 2018
SiriusXM CEO criticises proposed US Classics Act legislation
The proposed Classics Act is trying to clear up the digital-licensing status of songs recorded before 1972. When it was introduced earlier this year, we noted that Pandora was supporting the bill, in stark contrast to satellite-radio...
February 27, 2018
Can music-streaming become ‘the future of radio’ next?
As welcome as the growth in paid music subscriptions has been, our industry is also thinking hard about how to make more of free, ad-supported streaming. According to consultancy firm Midia Research, blending it with radio...
February 12, 2018
How does UK radio and streaming-playlist plugging work in 2018?
What’s more important for an independent artist in 2018: getting A-listed by prominent radio stations, or bagging some prominent slots on the playlists curated by Spotify and Apple Music? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con...
February 8, 2018
SiriusXM debuts ‘360L’ in-car satellite-plus-streaming service
US satellite-radio firm SiriusXM has launched the latest iteration of its in-car service, called 360L. That represents “360-degree listening” with a blend of satellite radio and streaming to pipe music into vehicles,...
January 17, 2018
Samsung tipped to unlock the FM radios in its smartphones
Samsung will soon be unlocking the FM radio chip in its smartphones in the US and Canada, according to the maker of the NextRadio app. Note, this isn’t (yet) an official announcement from Samsung itself, but NextRadio...
January 12, 2018
iHeartRadio hits new milestone, but user signups have slowed
Personal radio service iHeartRadio has announced its latest milestone, although frustratingly as ever it focuses on registered users, rather than active listeners. More than 110 million people have now registered for iHeartRadio’s...
January 9, 2018
How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era? (#SlushMusic)
“The industry’s problem to solve is we’ve been addicted to promotion for the entire time that the music industry has existed. We’ve always given stuff away to sell something. But that mindset in the consumption world...
November 30, 2017