Spotify makes Canvas less blank
The Canvas feature on Spotify (where a short video loops on the mobile app instead of just having the single or album artwork) is opening up to more users via the Spotify for Artists tool. Music Ally first spotted the feature...
October 11, 2019
UMG’s video growth plans
Universal Music Group has long had bold ambitions in visual content – with its Globe Production arm being the most obvious place to point towards in terms of what it has been doing here over the years. But there is more...
October 11, 2019
Filing: Amazon spent $1.7bn on music and video content in Q1
We reported on Amazon’s latest financial results last week. In the official filing, the company revealed a music stat! Albeit one bundled in with video. “Total video and music expense was $1.5 billion and $1.7 billion...
April 29, 2019
Artificial-video startup Synthesia raises $3.1m of funding
British firm Synthesia isn’t a ‘music/tech’ startup specifically, but we think it should be of keen interest to the music industry nonetheless. It’s been developing “video synthesis technology” which creates...
April 26, 2019
XITE launches new music video platform in US
Launching initially in the US, XITE (pron: “Excite”) is a new music video app that will be available on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Comcast X1 Xfinity – and it will be coming soon to Roku. It has deals in place with...
April 9, 2019
‘Subscription mooching’ is an issue for video-streaming services
We like it when a new term is coined to describe people’s digital habits: ‘subscription mooching’ is our new favourite. What’s that? It’s when people ‘mooch a login’ for a streaming service like Netflix –...
February 28, 2019
Study tips YouTube to decline in popularity with British kids
Will children ever tire of YouTube? Surely not! Yet that’s the suggestion being made in a new report published by research firm Kids Insights, which is out today. “According to our data across all ages 4-18 the...
February 4, 2019
YouTube says video premieres are paying off for artists
YouTube launched its ‘premieres’ feature last year: a way for channels to schedule the launch of new videos, and thus drum up an audience to watch and chat together. It’s not a music-specific feature, but YouTube is...
February 1, 2019
Sandbox Issue 212: Packaged Goods. Bulking Up The Music Bundle
Lead: the recent spat between Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott over who should have been number 1 in the US is arguably less about ego (although there was some of that at stake) and more about the role bundling plays in boosting...
September 19, 2018
Videos are top digital-music consumption format in India
While MusicWatch is focusing on the US, Nielsen’s latest report turns its attention to India – a country where it claims 94% of the online population listens to music, based on its latest survey. The India Music 360 report’s...
September 12, 2018
Universal Music Publishing COO criticises Spotify over videos
Tensions between music publishers and Spotify are nothing new, but there appears to be a new fissure opening up: over the videos that Spotify embeds in its popular playlists. And for once, this isn’t a controversy fuelled...
September 10, 2018
Metallica have music videos for every song on new album
Metallica’s new album is out today, and the band are making a big push for ‘Hardwired… To Self Destruct’ on pretty much every digital platform. Including Napster: a neat publicity stunt this week saw the band finally...
November 21, 2016