Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019
This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
January 6, 2020
MelodyVR valued at $288m in latest share-option exercise
Broadway-musicals firm the John Gore Organisation (JGO) is expanding its investment in music-VR startup MelodyVR, spending $1m to increase its stake in the company to just under 8.4%. This represents JGO (or rather, John...
January 6, 2020
Facebook buys the developer of VR-music game Beat Saber
Beat Saber has been one of the success stories in the modern virtual-reality industry: the music-rhythm game sold its one millionth copy in May 2019, nine months after the $20 title’s release. Now that success has led...
November 27, 2019
Wave relaunches its platform for virtual-reality music concerts
Music Ally has been writing about music virtual-reality startup TheWaveVR since it emerged in 2016, impressed by its emphasis on interactivity and game-like visuals with live concert and DJ-set performances, rather than...
November 26, 2019
SuperData predicts $1.1bn of VR software revenues in 2019
Whether you’re still excited about virtual reality’s potential for music, or think it’s a busted flush as a mainstream consumer technology, the latest predictions from research firm SuperData are worth...
November 4, 2019
Artists chip in to $11m funding round for startup Sandbox VR
Sandbox VR is one of the startups working on ‘location-based virtual reality’ technology. That doesn’t mean running around the streets playing Pokémon Go with a headset on, bumping into lamp-posts, however. It’s...
October 24, 2019
MelodyVR strikes exclusive 5G deal with UK telco O2
Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR has announced its latest partnership: telco Telefonica UK, and its O2 operator. It’s all relating to the launch of its faster 5G network. MelodyVR has been signed on as “the exclusive...
October 17, 2019
VR/AR startup Jaunt sells its software and tech to Verizon
Jaunt was one of the first virtual-reality content startups to make waves in the modern VR-headset era, including with music. We first wrote about the company in November 2014, for example, when Jaunt worked with Sir Paul...
October 1, 2019
Facebook reveals new plans for social VR (oh, and AR too)
With Amazon’s blizzard of new-product announcements, not to mention the political ructions going on in the US, Facebook’s Oculus division’s OC6 developer conference might have struggled for attention. It’s...
September 26, 2019
Sandbox Issue 236: Power Plays. THE NEXT STEP FOR PLAYLISTS
Lead: Playlists are still enormously important for breaking acts and for building careers – but they are increasingly a moving target that gets harder and harder to hit. As they change what they are, how they work and what...
September 23, 2019
Tencent hints at plans for AI-generated music and virtual idols
There are some interesting signals coming out of the All That Matters conference about what Tencent Music might be up to next. AI-music being one of them. Billboard reports on comments made by CEO Cussion Pang about how...
September 20, 2019
MelodyVR to launch a music-VR subscription later this year
How is that brave new world of musical virtual-reality doing? The latest financial results from startup MelodyVR offer some clues, as well as news of the company’s plans to shift from a a-la-carte pricing to a subscription...
September 19, 2019