Music/Audio

Dolby Atmos Comes to Amazon Prime Video Aug. 31 (TechRadar)

Amazon Prime members, we’ve got some news that will be music to your ears, Dolby Atmos is coming to Amazon Prime Video service starting on August 31. The announcement comes from... More

Is Instagram About to Become the Music Industry’s New Best Friend? (MBW)

Last month through a series of announcements, Instagram, the Facebook owned photo-sharing app, emerged ready to become a new monetary force within the music industry, as streaming ... More

Dolby Vision Coming to Xbox One Consoles (TVB Europe)

Microsoft is bringing Dolby Vision streaming to its 4K-ready Xbox One consoles, allowing users to watch Netflix in the 12-bit high-dynamic-range format. The Xbox One S and Xbox One... More

Spotify is Fine – But Let’s Mourn the Passing of CDs (LA Times)

The problem with sundowning music formats is that, in our eagerness to pitch ourselves into the future with new technology, we bury what brought us so much pleasure in the first pl... More

Dolby is Making a Big-Ticket Bet on India (CNBC TV18)

Dolby Laboratories, is gearing up to double the number of Atmos-equipped screens in India. The company’s signature sound technology, released in 2012, has established its presenc... More

Instagram Stories Adds Music Integration (Variety)

Instagram users can now add a soundtrack to their stories: The Facebook-owned service announced the addition of music stickers Thursday, allowing users to select individual songs t... More

Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones for 2019 (Bloomberg)

The upcoming audio push builds on Apple’s earlier success in the field. The iPod and iTunes digital music store helped revive the industry and began a transformation that turned ... More

YouTube Launches Premium Video Service Internationally (Deadline)

YouTube is going global with its premium content service, making it available in 12 new countries including the UK and Canada. The Google-owned company is also launching its YouTub... More

The Podcast Business is Still Teeny Tiny – Which is Great News for Podcast (Recode)

Do you like podcasts? Me too. It’s sort of nuts to imagine a time before podcasts, right? Podcasts are the future. Podcasts podcasts podcasts. You know who’s not sold on podcas... More

Will 5G Deliver for Radio? (Radio World)

Even with 5G a few years away from full deployment, interest in it is growing among radio engineers. Observers say radio groups are already tinkering with ways the next-gen wireles... More

YouTube Bets on Music as ‘Trojan Horse’ to Boost Subscription Business (THR)

The rebrand puts music at the center of YouTube’s push to sign up subscribers, a move that YouTube global head of music Lyor Cohen says was driven by the “enormous consumption ... More

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