Music/Audio

Gracenote Introduces Recording-Level Music Style Datasets for Better Music Discovery, Curation, Personalization (MESA)

Gracenote is launching Sonic Style, a breakthrough music descriptor system which classifies the “style” of musical recordings across massive catalogs for the first time ever. ... More

Sony to Pay $2.3 Billion to Acquire Control of EMI Music (Reuters)

The deal seeks to take advantage of the rapid growth in streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music which has driven a recovery in the music industry. It also fits in ... More

YouTube’s Revamped Subscription Platform Will Launch Tuesday (Billboard)

After months of testing and teasing, YouTube will relaunch its streaming platform next Tuesday (May 22) with multiple subscription price points alongside an entry-level, ad-support... More

FA Cup Final 2018: BT Sport Adds Dolby Atmos, VR, Extends HD HDR Mobile Trial (SVG)

BT Sport will broadcast the 2018 FA Cup final live in 4K with Dolby Atmos sound, and make 360-degree highlights of the game available online, as it uses its position as host broadc... More

How Do You Re-Create the Air-Ripping Launch of 11,000-HP Dragsters? Dolby Atmos (Digital Trends)

Like any underexposed sports league, the NHRA is looking to hook more fans from across the nation (and indeed the world), but reproducing the racetrack experience for a TV audience... More

VOD App Brings Dolby Vision, Atmos to the Home (Broadcast)

Dolby’s flavour of HDR and immersive audio is coming to the home through a partnership between Dolby, LG and Japanese-owned VoD service Rakuten TV. The agreement brings owners of... More

How Artificial Intelligence is Set to Revolutionize Radio (Cartt.ca)

As a medium known for its engaging on-air personalities who are able to connect with listeners and create an atmosphere of intimacy, the spectre of artificial intelligence being em... More

CreativeFuture Sends Letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Urging Prompt Action on the Music Modernization Act (MESA)

Yesterday, CreativeFuture, an organization representing over 160,000 members and 530 companies, sent a letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary asking that S. 2823, a compre... More

Why Spotify’s 33 1/3 Audiobook Deal is so Intriguing (Forbes)

Spotify's audiobook selection is expanding with their most recent deal: They're buying up the 131-book 33 1/3 series from UK-based publisher Bloomsbury Publishing. The books, non-f... More

Dolby Brings One-of-a-Kind Movie Experience to Michigan AMC Theaters (MLive)

As the month on May rolls on, movie goers are experiencing an overload of highly anticipated blockbusters, fresh off the heel of "Avengers: Infinity War." With movies like "Solo," ... More

Rakuten TV to Offer Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos on Smart TVs (TVB Europe)

Rakuten TV has become the first European video on demand platform to offer content in Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos, available via LG Electronics Smart TVs, The first slate of f... More

Beyond AirPods, ‘True’ Wireless Headphones Developing Into Lucrative Market (Twice)

Anyone traversing sidewalks, trains, buses and running paths have noticed the white sticks sticking out of the ears of a growing number of people. Apple's completely wireless AirPo... More

Toshiba Launches Dolby Vision Capable TVs (MESA)

In a move that is set to bring cinema-inspired viewing to more homes, Toshiba TVs has announced that Dolby Vision™ HDR is to feature on all its 2018 UHD ranges for Europe. ... More

Ad-ID, Dial Report Collaborate to Improve Radio Reporting, Campaign Analysis (MESA)

TagStation, the owner of Dial Report, today announced a new collaborative initiative with Ad-ID, the media industry’s standard for identifying advertising assets across all media... More

Study: Streaming Leads Music Industry to Third Straight Year of Growth, But YouTube Remains a Threat (Variety)

The global recorded music market grew by 8.1% in 2017, its third consecutive year of growth since the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) began tracking th... More

Spotify Redesigns Free Tier, With Hopes of Grabbing Even More Users (NPR)

Spotify announced changes to the free version of its mobile app for both iOS and Android. The company hopes that these new features, which will be rolled out in the weeks ahead, wi... More

NHRA Takes the Racing Lead with Dolby Atmos (SVG)

Production trials with Dolby Atmos at NHRA events began last year, culminated at the NHRA Nationals April 6-8 in Las Vegas, and may continue through the NHRA season, which runs thr... More

How Music Generated by Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping – Not Destroying – the Industry (Billboard)

There is an enduring fear in the music industry that artificial intelligence will replace the artists we love, and end creativity as we know it. As ridiculous as this claim may ... More

‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ to Get Dolby Cinema Treatment (THR)

Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story are among a string of upcoming Disney titles that will be offered in Dolby Cinema — meaning with both Dolby Vision HDR images a... More

Ad Tech Streams Into Audio (AdAge)

The day after David Bowie died in January 2016, Pandora users generated 200,000 Bowie-themed stations. The solar eclipse last August drove a 3,000 percent leap in Spotify plays for... More