Pandora pulls out of Australia and New Zealand
If the first casualties of Sirius XM’s $480m investment in Pandora were the streaming service’s CEO, president and chief marketing officer, the second appear to be its listeners down under. Pandora is shutting down...
June 28, 2017
Why Sony Music-backed music service Popped failed
Former Sony Music staffer Daan Grasveld has spent the last three years working on a new digital music service called Popped, backed by his former employer. In February (yes, we missed it at the time) he published an interesting...
March 20, 2017
Despite WMG and Shazam deals, Vadio is up for sale
Music videos distributor Vadio has laid off most of its staff and is looking for a buyer, despite signing high-profile deals with Warner Music Group and Shazam in 2016. “We were on a massive trajectory. Frankly, we didn’t...
February 16, 2017
Garth Brooks folds his Ghost Tunes into Amazon
Just over two years since launching, country musician Garth Brooks’ Ghost Tunes download store is passing into the afterlife. Well, shutting down: Billboard reports that an email sent to customers cites a “new partnership...
January 18, 2017
Twitter shuts down Vine and reveals plans for wider layoffs
Twitter had some bad news for fans of its looping-videos platform Vine yesterday: it’s shutting down. “In the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app,” explained Vine in a blog post. “Nothing is happening...
October 28, 2016
Samsung shutting down Milk Music service
It’s tempting to go tabloid and call this the Summer Of Shutdowns in the digital music world. After Crowdmix and Cür Media, Samsung announced on Friday that its Milk Music streaming service is also closing down in the...
August 22, 2016
Cür Media lays off all its staff
Did US music-streaming firm Cür Media ever have a genuine shot at survival, let alone success? The company that famously promised $8m of advance payments to labels when it had much less than that in the bank appears to...
August 22, 2016
The Secret Business Affairs Executive: Lessons from Omnifone’s fall
Music Ally's mystery columnist has seen the digital music market from both side of the rightsholders / startups divide. Now they're spilling the beans. "Yet another one bites the dust. And it’s happening faster than...
July 26, 2016
Omnifone business and assets to be sold for $10m to US firm
Stricken digital music firm Omnifone’s technology business and assets are being bought for $10m by a mystery US company. That’s according to a document published by the firm’s administrator Leonard Curtis through...
July 12, 2016
Crowdmix entering administration after funding falls through
UK-based social music startup Crowdmix is entering administration, after failing to secure a new round of funding. The company soft-launched its app earlier this year but had yet to launch fully, despite a 150-strong headcount. Business...
July 11, 2016
Beatport suspends auction and cans its streaming service
Beatport has suspended the auction process that was expected to see the dance brand sold by stricken parent company SFX Entertainment. What’s more, Beatport is also shutting down its streaming service and mobile app,...
May 11, 2016