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Music Ally 06/18/2019 12:08
Podcast production studio Wondery was founded in 2016, and is best known for shows including Dirty John – recently made into a Netflix TV series – American History, Business Wars and Dr Death. Wondery is also one of the biggest independent podcast publishers in the US, with a monthly audience of 7.4 million Americans in March 2019, and 37.5m downloads and streams of its shows globally that month, according to analytics firm PodTrac. April was also the month when Wondery came onto the music industry’s radar, thanks to the announcement of a partnership with Universal Music Group to develop original podcasts based on UMG’s artists, labels and catalogue. The post Wondery talks music and podcasts: ‘This really is its own medium’ appeared first o.
Music Ally 06/17/2019 06:36
The Pew Research Center has put out some new stats on Americans’ internet use: and specifically on their mobile internet use. “Today, 37% of U.S. adults say they mostly use a smartphone when accessing the internet. This share has nearly doubled since 2013,” it explained. “At that point, 19% of Americans named their smartphone as their primary […]. The post 37% of US adults now mainly use smartphones to go online appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/17/2019 06:34
Spotify’s latest feature for brands advertising on its service is ‘podcast listener targeting’. It launched in 10 countries on Friday: the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia. “With this feature, enterprise brand marketers will be able to reach Spotify Free users who have listened to podcasts on Spotify, verified by […]. The post Spotify will now help advertisers target podcast listeners appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/17/2019 06:28
Crowdfunding platform Drip began life as a project out of independent label Ghostly International: a way for indie labels and artists to raise money from fans through ongoing subscriptions. In early 2016 its founders announced plans to shut it down, before crowdfunding company Kickstarter swooped in to acquire it, with promises of a relaunch. That came in […]. The post Kickstarter’s Drip follow-up has been canned before launch appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/17/2019 06:17
Facebook has quietly (bar the odd leak) been working on its own cryptocurrency initiative for some time now. Reports suggest it will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday 17 June), complete with a consortium of partners offering governance for Facebook’s new coin, called The Libra Association. The Wall Street Journal broke the news that financial firms including […]. The post Report claims Spotify is backing Facebook’s new cryptocurrency appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/17/2019 05:19
Oana Ruxandra will be Warner Music Group’s new lead of business development for recorded music, reporting directly in to CEO Steve Cooper. “A talented negotiator and collaborative leader, Oana has a first-class strategic brain and keen sense of how to get deals done swiftly and effectively,” wrote Cooper in an email to colleagues. “Oana, along […]. The post Oana Ruxandra to be WMG biz-dev lead as Ron Wilcox leaves appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/17/2019 04:56
Lyrics-focused site Genius and Google are embroiled in a row over the alleged copying of lyrics – a row that looks set to suck in LyricFind and other companies in this space who have partnered with Google to provide content for its search results. Genius told the Wall Street Journal that it has proof that some of […]. The post Genius accuses Google in row over lyrics in search engine appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/14/2019 06:45
There are a number of popular genres in the podcasts market: true crime, comedy, sports, politics and technology among them. But music is also a thriving genre, with a variety of sub-formats exploring songs, artists and the culture around music. We’ve chosen some of the most popular and/or inventive shows, which make a great starting point for anyone looking to understand how music fits in to the podcasting sector. The original list was published as part of Pod Only Knows, the report we co-published in June 2019 with British music-industry body the BPI. You can read the full report here. The list below is being added to whenever we spot a great new music podcast (or one we missed out in the original report!). The post The best music podcasts.
Music Ally 06/14/2019 05:49
Complaints about artists taking an unmerited share of songwriting royalties on songs written for them aren’t new: the phrase ‘change a word, get a third’ has been around for years. Now songwriter Ryan Tedder has come out swinging against the practice, in a speech at the National Music Publishers’ Association’s annual meeting. “In the entire […]. The post Ryan Tedder slams artists who take undeserved songwriting credits appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/14/2019 05:45
Streaming service Mixcloud launched its Mixcloud Select program in December 2018, enabling listeners to subscribe to individual curators (or channels) for a monthly fee of $2.99 or above. Now the company has been explaining how the revenues are shared out, in a blog post noting the fact that Mixcloud’s direct licensing deals “identify the ‘long form […]. The post Mixcloud breaks down its revenue-sharing model for curators appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/14/2019 05:41
Music firm LiveXLive, which focuses on streaming concerts as well as its Slacker audio-streaming service, has published its latest quarterly financial results. The company’s revenues grew by 29% year-on-year to $9.2m in the first quarter of 2019, although its net loss grew too: from $9.5m in Q1 2018 to $9.7m last quarter. LiveXLive also says that […]. The post LiveXLive reports $9.2m of revenues but a $9.7m loss in Q1 appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/14/2019 05:39
Some Spotify subscribers have had its mobile app’s redesigned ‘Your Library’ screen for a while now, but as of yesterday it began rolling out to all of the service’s premium users. As we reported before, the screen now has two main tabs, ‘Music’ and ‘Podcasts’, with the latter providing an easier way for people to […]. The post Spotify rolls out its new Library design to premium users appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/14/2019 04:10
There are big opportunities for the music industry in podcasts, but one of the big barriers is licensing: the cost and complexity for podcasters of securing the rights to actually play music in their shows. This was one of the clearest points made last night at the BPI and Music Ally’s ‘Pod Only Knows’ event in London, which explored the potential (and challenges) of music and podcasting. We’ve co-published a report with the BPI – you can read / download it for free here – rounding up some market data; a directory of more than 75 music podcasts; outlining the strategy of Spotify, Pandora and other distribution platforms; and interviewing some experts about how they see the market.
Music Ally 06/13/2019 07:06
Having raised a $1.25bn funding round, and with its Fortnite game continuing to be a licence to print money, publisher Epic Games is on the acquisition trail. It recently bought Psyonix, the developer of popular game Rocket League. Now it has diversified into social media. Epic has bought startup Houseparty, whose “face-to-face social network” is […]. The post Fortnite publisher Epic Games buys social-video app Houseparty appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/13/2019 07:06
Facebook has published an update on Facebook Watch, the section of the social network devoted to premium videos. “We launched Watch globally less than a year ago, and there are now more than 720 million people monthly and 140 million people daily who spend at least one minute in Watch. On average, the daily visitors spend more […]. The post Facebook Watch videos attract 140m daily active users appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/13/2019 06:57
“Escape the harsh realities of the world,” suggests a new website launched for British band Bastille. With 2019 being what it is, that’s a good pitch: time for some light-hearted, sweet content that… Oh wait. “Step into the Doom Days house.” Perhaps not so light-hearted then. But it’s a fun marketing campaign for the band’s […]. The post Bastille get an online ‘Doom Days House’ for fans to explore appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/13/2019 06:53
Amazon has launched a new version of its Echo Dot Kids smart speaker, which was originally released in April 2018. The new version is louder and comes in new colours like ‘Frost Blue’ and ‘Rainbow’. The $70 device will also include a year’s subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime service, which gathers child-friendly content and Alexa skills. Amazon […]. The post Amazon revamps Echo Dot Kids speaker despite privacy concerns appeared first on Music Ally .
Music Ally 06/13/2019 05:53
Streaming service Pandora wants brands to make better, more effective ads for its platform. It’s latest move to help them do that is the creation of an in-house ‘audio consultancy’ called Studio Resonate. It’ll work with advertisers on “audio creative development, sonic branding and strategy services, as well as visual design, rich media production, web / […]. The post Pandora now has its own ‘audio consultancy’ for advertisers appeared first on Music Ally .

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