Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo under investigation over online gaming subscriptions
The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK is investigating how three major companies – Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo – are handling renewals for their online gaming services. The CMA will look at the T&Cs...
April 8, 2019
Sony shows off its new ‘360 Reality Audio’ format at CES
We reported the other day on Sony Corporation’s plans to use its keynote at the CES technology show in Las Vegas to flag up the importance of its entertainment arms: music, movies and games. As things turned out, one of...
January 9, 2019
Sony expects more collaboration between entertainment divisions
Sony Corporation’s chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida is giving a high-profile speech at the CES technology show in Las Vegas later today. Ahead of the event, he talked to the New York Times about how one of his key messages...
January 7, 2019
Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared
Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared Impala, representing the European independent music community, is upping its efforts to block Sony’s full acquisition...
October 17, 2018
Sony builds education-focused DRM system on the blockchain
In 2018, if you’re not on the blockchain, do you even exist? Sony is firmly planting its flag in that ledger-based soil with the announcement that it is building a digital rights management system on the blockchain that...
October 16, 2018
Sony and Marshall reveal their new smart speakers
Smart speakers are no longer just about Amazon Echo vs Google Home vs Apple HomePod. Partly because Chinese manufacturers are now fully at the party, but also because other kinds of audio-hardware firms are rolling out their...
August 31, 2018
MMF praises Sony over its Spotify equity split plans
Last week you will have read about Sony’s plans to split its windfall from its sale of part of its Spotify stock and how the company was keen to be seen to be doing the right thing as regards the artists on its books. The...
June 19, 2018
Impala warns of regulatory fight ahead for Sony / EMI deal
When we reported yesterday on Sony’s plans to up its stake in EMI Music Publishing, we noted that the deal would require regulatory approval before it could go through. Now independent body Impala has warned that this...
May 23, 2018
Violinist Joshua Bell gets a PlayStation VR experience
Sony is starting to make the synergies between its music and tech/gaming arms count, launching a new virtual-reality app for the PlayStation VR headset based on classical musician Joshua Bell. The Sony-signed artist was filmed...
February 15, 2017
The 40 best music marketing campaigns from 2016
It’s finally here – Sandbox’s pick of the best music marketing campaigns of the year. Last year, we had 29 shortlisted campaigns. This year, due to an overwhelming number of entries, we felt we had to increase this....
December 19, 2016
Music Ally Report 398 – Tube Exit
Lead: Music Ally has heard that at least one major label is threatening to pull its content from YouTube before Christmas. This could prove to be a negotiating strategy/last resort, but what would happen if they actually...
November 23, 2016
Sony/ATV riding high in US publishers rankings
Sony/ATV has extended its lead in the US music-publishing market, with a 27.9% market share in the third quarter of this year, up from 26.6% in Q2. That means Sony/ATV is holding off the challenge of second-placed Warner/Chappell,...
October 31, 2016