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Mobile Music

untapped opportunity for music services - hughes Omnifone reports 600% increase in platform streams from non-Western and emerging markets during 2013

Press release

February 19th 2014. Omnifone the leading global cloud music platform provider, has announced that streams from end-users in non-Western and emerging markets grew six-fold on its cloud music platform since January 2013. Non-western and developing countries account for 20 per cent of total global streams compared to just 14 per cent in 2012, a significant increase when taken into account the speed with which the emerging markets are growing. Continue reading

now an advertising platform - hoberman Shazam claims our story on “boss” Fisher is inaccurate

Rewriting history is always good clean fun

It seems that GoMo News has ruffled a few feathers chez Shazam with our recent story on Shazam’s Fisher here. He’s described as “boss” by the Sunday Times, when he’s not actually the CEO – Rich Riley is. Shazam PR lass, Rica Squires, has taken umbrage at our criticism and described our piece as containing “a couple of things that weren’t quite accurate.” Oh, really? See our piece below republished from WAP Insight. We’d also dispute her claim that our story was neither fair nor an accurate representation. Continue reading

moving into tv ads big time - fisher Shazam boss moving heavily into advertising

TV advertising that is, not necessarily mobile ads

A really intriguing interview with Andrew Fisher who is currently executive chairman with Shazam in the UK publication, Sunday Times.* GoMo News regards Shazam as a pioneer amongst mobile apps because (the company of the same name) achieved something which nothing else had before. Rather than being merely the mobile version of a desktop app, it was unique and groundbreaking. The Sunday Times interview reveals that Fisher is taking the company in a direction which nobody could have predicted – TV ads. Yup, this British techno success story is moving from being purely a mobile into a multi-channel player. In fact, it has embraced TV advertising big time. Continue reading

last_chill GoMo discovers how to Chill again on a WP7.8 handset

We also have a close encounter with’s ‘scrobbling’ app

We’re not sure how the UK’s Global Radio has done it, but we can now listen to Chill FM on our favourite mobile devices again. Even on a Windows Phone 7.8 device like the Nokia Lumia 800. [It seems to be thanks to UK radio Player] Regular readers might remember that GoMo News complained that thanks to Adobe dropping support for Flash in the mobile arena, we could get a music player to load. (See ‘Major hole in Windows Phone 7 still exists’. Now, obviously thanks to a new app of some kind, clicking on ‘Listen Live’ plays the radio station live through the Lumia 800′s browser. Continue reading

AutoRip_amazon Apple’s possible uncompetitive behaviour towards Amazon over AutoRip

We’re no EU lawyers or iOS programmers but ….

Here at GoMo Towers we’re constantly reminded by Apple fanbois that the main reason why the Cupertino-based company can charge a premium for its products is that they are intuitive and easy to use. So when an Apple fan was demonstrating his latest discovery to us – Amazon’s AutoRip, we were more than a little astonished. AutoRip downloads MP3 music files from the Amazon store directly to your iPhone once you have made a purchase of any qualifying ‘AutoRiP’ CDs. When, GoMo News asked to see which tracks had arrived, our iPhone user immediately opened the AutoRip app. But why? There is a perfectly good icon on the iPhone’s home screen marked ‘Music’. Continue reading

Rocket_Music_screenshot ALAC audio file format CAN be read by Android devices

GoMo News answers reader’s question on Apple’s file format

As we get closer to Xmas, Here at GoMo Towers, we’ve always noticed an increased interest amongst readers in music. And in particular audio formats. Hence, we published ‘The best audio file format for your smartphone’  back in 2011. The feature was written by myself – Mac MacLaren – in my capacity as head honcho of the UK’s leading live music listing site, Lemonrock. In the article, I recommended ALAC as my favourite audio format. This prompted one reader to ask us, “Can android smartphones read ALAC?”. The short answer is YES! Continue reading

making its way to china? Nokia mutates its MixRadio music service

Now there’s a feature called Play Me, apparently

Without much of a fanfare, in 31 countries globally Nokia has just launched  a new function of Nokia MixRadio called ‘Play Me’. This free music streaming service learns from listening habits to deliver people a personalised radio station, Nokia claims. Apparently it’s all at the single touch of a button. Continue reading

itunes_radio Nokia responds to iTunes Radio announcements

Yeah, bit Apple’s answer to Nokia Mix Radio works on iPod; IPad, iPhone & Apple TV

We suspect that with a large degree of sarcasm (which Europeans do so well) Jyrki Rosenberg, a vp with Nokia Entertainment, has welcomed the arrival of iTunes Radio from Apple. Apple has revealed that the service will soon go live in the USA. The exact phrase Apople used was “iTunes Radio will be available with the launch of iOS 7 in the USA.” Now Rosenberg immediately made a dig at this by mentioning the fact that Nokia has already launched in 28 countries as diverse as China, India and the USA, and claimed consumer reaction has been very positive. Where Nokia can’t compete is the fact that iTunes Radio will work on tablets (iPad); music players (iPod); and Apple TV as well as the iPhone. (And PC & Mac, of course). Plus users store their music/playlists in the cloud (icloud) so they can switch easily between devices. Continue reading

byte-mobile-logo ByteMobile Mobile Analytics report says mobile music booming

We suspect report has very heavy US bias

In order to help mobile network operators (MNOs) better understand hat users are actually doing on their networks, Citrix has taken to issuing regular ByteMobile Mobile Analytics reports. The last one was in June [2013] and probably most readers (like us) missed one of the trends that it highlighted. namely that mobile music is booming. Mobile audio, including Internet radio and audio file downloads now constitutes 12 per cent of mobile data volume in North America and 4 per cent outside North America. 38 per cent of smartphone users – in the USA, were streaming music. Continue reading

bytemobile Citrix supercharges Mobile Subscriber experience with ByteMobile 7

Major software release enables mobile operators to better differentiate service, manage exploding internet radio and video traffic

Press release

September 9th 2013. Citrix has announced the release of ByteMobile 7, the software that powers the company’s industry-leading solutions for mobile network operators. With more than twenty-five new features and dozens of feature enhancements, ByteMobile 7 builds on ground-breaking advances such as User Experience Indexing (UXI) to provide operators with unprecedented ability to use subscriber Quality of Experience (QoE) as a service differentiator. Continue reading

text_home SMS aggregator could find itself embroiled in racism row

Home Office’s Go Home campaign being investigated

Much as e predicted an ad campaign featuring the slogan ‘Go Home’ and asking people to ‘Text Home to 78070′ has being dragged into a racism row. The campaign is being run by the UK government’s Home Office. A Home Office spokesman is quoted by Daily Mirror here as saying, “We can confirm we are in contact with the ASA [Advertising Standards Authority] over this investigation and we will respond in due course.” The newspaper reports that the ASA has received 60 complaints so far. Continue reading

micromax canvas Specialised music mobiles are rapidly becoming irrelevant

It’s all about cloud music and streaming

Do you remember back when there used to be mobile phone that specialised or  which were bragged about their music capabilities? These were times when there were the Sony Ericsson Walkman and Nokia XpressMusic series phones. But the times have changed, and there is less attention paid to the music capabilities of a phone when a consumer makes a buying decision. It’s more about cloud music. experience. Continue reading

google_maps_logo_small_blue Citrix says that Google Maps is creaming Apple’s version

Despite iTunes four apps generate 82% of iOS mobile data volumes

By a stroke of luck, Citrix has just released its ByteMobile Mobile Analytics Report for Q2 2013 which confirms what we have all long suspected. On a global basis, Google Maps usage on Apple devices surpasses that of Apple’s own map application. More surprisingly just four apps generate 82 per cent of iOS mobile data volumes. However, iTunes Radio taps into a growing trend. Continue reading

digital music sales might be hit Nokia lashes out at iTunes Radio

We told you Nokia has the most to lose

As predicted here, the company which has the most to lose from the introduction of iTunes Radio (aka iRadio) is Nokia. Although Google is now in a very weak position, too. Jyrki Rosenberg, a vp for Nokia Entertainment put out a statement last night [June 10th 2013] saying that Apple still playing catch up with Nokia Music. Well, Nokia and Google still have about three months to consolidate their positions. Continue reading

nokia mix radio may be biggest loser Apple will probably launch iRadio at WWDC San Fran

Biggest losers will be Nokia & Microsoft

Later today [June 10th 2013], Apple is set to unveil a whole bunch of new products at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, USA. Almost certainly there will be some revelations about what to expect from a new release of its mobile OS (iOS 7). More importantly, however, the Cupertino based company is expected to unveil details of a new music streaming service dubbed iRadio by the punters. The interesting point is who will suffer most from the introduction of iRadio and GoMo News thinks its Nokia/Microsoft. Continue reading