Music/Audio

How Much Bigger Will Streaming Music Get – Some Projections for the Future (Forbes)

It’s no secret—nor surprise—that streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio and the select few others that have managed to survive the incredibly tou... More

Tesla Reportedly Considering Launching its Own Streaming Music Service (Forbes)

This report certainly came out of left field, but at this point, the world should have learned not to be surprised by Elon Musk's seemingly limitless entrepreneurial ambitions. ... More

Spotify is Testing ‘Sponsored Songs’ in Playlists (The Verge)

Spotify users have noticed a new opt-out setting appearing both on desktop and in-app: Sponsored Songs. Sponsored content in general is not new for Spotify — last year they allow... More

Streaming Music’s Biggest Holdouts are Caving in (Fast Company)

The slow thaw in artists’ discontent is easy to understand once you see the numbers. Last year, streaming made up more than 50% of the music industry’s revenue for the first ti... More

Supreme Court Turns Down ‘Dancing Baby’ Copyright Case (THR)

It took a while, but the U.S. Supreme Court has finally decided that it won't review Stephanie Lenz v. Universal Music Corp, a case examining the circumstances by which copyright h... More

Dolby Access is Going to Change the Way You Hear Your Xbox One Games (TechRadar)

Dolby Access might be the best-kept secret of E3 2017. Actually, that distinction belongs to Metroid Prime 4, but nevertheless, it’s a nifty app targeted specifically at Xbox One... More

Spotify Passes 140 Million Users, Promises to Pay Labels $2 Billion as Losses Widen (Variety)

Spotify passed 140 million worldwide users as both its revenue and operating loss grew significantly in 2016, according to the company’s annual financial statement released Thurs... More

Podcasts Offer Competition for $33 Billion U.S. Streaming Audio Market (MediaPost)

While the format has been embraced by major media brands and independent hobbyists, U.S. advertisers will spend just $200 million on podcasts this year -- a paltry sum when compare... More

Apple Music Hits 27 Million Subscribers (Billboard)

During Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference out of San Jose, the company revealed that Apple Music now has 27 million subscribers, up from the 20 million figure Apple executives ... More

Former Warner Music Chief Edgar Bronfman Jr. Bullish on Biz in the Streaming Era (Variety)

Former Warner Music Group Chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., who stepped down from the post in 2012 after selling the company to a group led by Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik’s ... More

Dolby Cinema Expands in Europe with Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathe Deal (THR)

Cinema chain Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathe inked a deal with Dolby to open 10 Dolby Cinema locations, with seven in France and three in the Netherlands. This includes Amsterdam and Rot... More

Dolby, Huawei Announce First Dolby Atmos Sound System Enabled Devices (MESA)

Dolby Laboratories and Huawei today announced a new series of MateBook laptops featuring the world’s first Dolby Atmos Sound System, a Dolby designed sound system combining custo... More

Apple Exec Calls for Restrictions on Free Music Streaming (Fortune)

Apple executive and music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine is not a fan of free music streaming. In an interview published this week, Iovine said that paid music streaming like his ow... More

The Music Ends for MP3 as Its Developer Discontinues the Once Pioneering Sound Format (Fortune)

The age of the MP3 is officially over. The developer of the early digital audio codec announced this week that it has ended its licensing agreement, ceding to more versatile format... More

Google Releases Study Defending YouTube’s Value to Music Biz (Billboard)

A Google-commissioned report into how YouTube impacts on the wider music economy has—somewhat unsurprisingly—found that the hugely popular, yet much-maligned platform significa... More

Dolby Atmos Moving Audio Ad Debuts with Spotlight Cinema Network (Film Journal)

A new cinema ad for the first-ever Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe will be mixed and released nationwide in Dolby Atmos on May 5 in select theatres affiliated with Spotlight Cinema Netwo... More

Dolby Brings Both the Audio and Visual Awe with Technical Wonder ‘Escape’ (No Film School)

As a part of Tribeca Film Festival's masterclass series, Dolby presented a short film they recently finished in partnership with Moonbot studios. Escape is a spiritual sequel to th... More

Spotify Considers Creating a ‘Category-Defining’ Gadget (Fortune)

Spotify may be planning to branch out from being a mere music streaming service to also selling audio devices. It's unclear what kind of device Spotify is considering. Until now... More

Music Business: Biggest Growth in 20 Years, But YouTube Threat Looms (Variety)

After 15 dismal years in which the global music business lost some 40 percent of its value, in 2016 the music business showed more growth than it has in two decades. And while some... More

Neil Young Announces Streaming Service (Billboard)

Three years ago, Neil Young started the long journey to launch Pono Music, his proprietary audio player and online storefront for high fidelity recordings. The Pono store has been ... More

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