Music/Audio

Study: Music Industry Missing Out on $2.65B a Year from Stores’ Improper Streaming (Billboard)

Business licenses are intended for use when music is played to benefit a business and offer creators greater compensation. These rights are not included in cheaper, standard consum... More

Sony: We Built a Blockchain for Music, Video Rights (CBR)

Sony said today it has developed a blockchain-based rights management system for digital content, that could potentially be used to underpin the rights management of its films, mus... More

CreativeFuture Applauds the President for Signing the Music Modernization Act (MESA)

On Thursday, the long-awaited Music Modernization Act of 2018 was signed into law by President Donald Trump at the White House. This support shows the importance of strong ... More

Trump Signs Sweeping New Music Licensing Legislation (Variety)

President Donald Trump signed the Music Modernization Act on Thursday at a White House ceremony. The bipartisan act addresses music licensing and royalty legislation, among other i... More

SiriusXM’s Pandora Acquisition Shows How Fast the Streaming Market is Growing (The Verge)

Liberty Media, the parent company of SiriusXM, wants to be the sole winner in internet radio. That’s one of two big takeaways from Liberty’s move to acquire Pandora for $3.5 bi... More

10 Years of Spotify: Should We Celebrate or Despair? (The Guardian)

The streaming service is a decade old on Sunday. So has it created a post-CD paradise for listeners – or turned today’s music into a grey goo?... More

NBC Sports Adds Atmos Audio to Notre Dame 4K HDR Series (SVG)

An ongoing test of 4K HDR video has been joined by its audio counterpart. This year, NBC Sports Group’s broadcasts of Notre Dame home games in the next-generation format, which h... More

Gracenote Wants to Help Music Streaming Services in India Hit the Right Note (Inc42)

If you use a music streaming service such as Apple Music, Google Play, or Saavn, you’re apt to know that these platforms help you find the version you’re looking for with ease.... More

Analysis: CD Sales are Not Dying, But They are Heading Towards Niche Status Like Vinyl (Billboard)

The mid-year installment of the RIAA’s outlook on how the U.S. music industry is performing created quite a stir when it counted sales of compact discs in the first half of 2018 ... More

SiriusXM to Buy Pandora in $3.5B Streaming Push (Reuters)

Sirius XM will buy music streamer Pandora in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal, as it seeks to build scale to battle heavyweight streaming rivals Spotify and Apple Music. Sirius XM, co... More

RIAA: Streaming Now Generates 75% of Music Revenue (VentureBeat)

If you’re wondering why Amazon went so crazy today with new speaker-related announcements, even introducing Echo audio accessories without microphones, a new report from the Reco... More

Spotify to Allow Indie Artists to Upload Music Directly to Service, Bypassing Distributors (Billboard)

Beginning today, Spotify will begin allowing a select group of independent artists the ability to upload their music directly onto the streaming platform through their Spotify For ... More

Why Dolby Atmos Coming to the Apple TV is a Big Deal (The Verge)

With the launch of tvOS 12, support for the Dolby Atmos surround sound format is finally coming to the Apple TV 4K. Apple’s streaming solution launched last year with support for... More

Apple Music Gains Global Market Share, but Spotify is Still Far Ahead  (Variety)

In the first half of 2018, music subscribers grew by 16% and Apple Music gained two points of market share while Spotify maintained its formidable global lead, according to mid-yea... More

Spotify Ups Offline Download Limits to 10,000 Songs (Variety)

Spotify is getting more generous limits for offline listening: The music subscription service has increased the number of songs that can be downloaded to a single device from 3333 ... More

Paid Music Streaming Subscribers Surpass 50 Million in U.S., But There’s a Twist (Billboard)

An estimated 51 million people in the U.S. are now paying monthly subscriptions for music streaming services -- nearly double the number of subscribers at the end of 2016, accordin... More

Dolby Joins RAVENNA Partnership (TVB Europe)

Dolby Laboratories has announced a partnership with RAVENNA, a technology for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Jeff Riedmi... More

The Lucrative (and Growing) Niche of Luxury Audio (Twice)

While the term “luxury” conjures up a range of different images, depending upon whom you speak with, there’s no denying that it implies something that’s not strictly necess... More

Dolby Collaborates with Lenovo on the First Laptop of its Kind (MESA)

Dolby and Lenovo announced today the world's first laptop featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Speaker System. The Lenovo Yoga C930 combines cinema-inspired HDR imaging technolog... More

Will Streaming’s New Power Couples Lead to Actual Growth and Profits? (Billboard)

Though streaming services have been pairing up with ­telecoms overseas for years -- French telco Orange has been an ­investor in local music service Deezer since 2010, and Spotif... More