Music/Audio

Andrew Lloyd Webber Launches Free Musical Theater Streaming Service (Variety)

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to stream a production of one of his musicals for free on YouTube each week during the coronavirus crisis. Lloyd Webber’s YouTube initiative to entertain f... More

Podcasts Lost the Commuter Audience, but 18% of Adults Say They’re Listening More (MC)

The coronavirus pandemic has tested podcasts’ reliance on a commuting audience, but new polling from Morning Consult shows the public is actually tuning in more over the past few... More

Open Source Goes Mainstream (Forbes)

Open source developments in music are leading the industry in a new direction. An increasing number of creators, for example, are building custom instruments and software, then cho... More

How Live Streaming is Keeping Music Live During Coronavirus (Forbes)

As the adage goes about necessity being the mother of invention, with the Coronavirus pandemic live shows coming home are quickly taking on new meaning and importance, both to conn... More

Coronavirus is Changing Podcasting, Fast (Vulture)

Shows are drastically scaling down their studio time, production teams are increasingly shifting to remote workflows, public radio stations are postponing their pledge drives, and ... More

Coronavirus Giving Livestreaming the Chance to Prove Itself (RollingStone)

It’s taken some time — and the unfortunate circumstance of a pandemic — but concert livestreaming could finally be having its moment. Amid major festival cancellations and hu... More

Study: 116M U.S. Consumers Bought Music Last Year, Highest Number Since 2007 (Billboard)

A reported 80 million consumers paid for a music subscription in 2019, up 12 million from the previous year. The rebound in music consumption continued in 2019 thanks to continued ... More

Veritone Expands Content Classification Capabilities to Power Contextual Advertising at Scale for Podcasts (SCN)

Veritone announced the expansion of its content classification capabilities to support IAB Tech Lab Content Taxonomy-compliant metadata output via aiWARE APIs. The new offering wil... More

Dolby Spotlighted as One of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Music for 2020 (MESA)

Dolby has been named in Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in music for its latest innovation – Dolby Atmos Music. The list honor... More

The Sales of Smart Speakers Skyrocketed (Forbes)

The major reason why the sales of smart speakers skyrocketed on a global scale during 2019 and especially during the fourth quarter is strong promotional activity combined with the... More

Pearl Jam, Abramorama Announce ‘Gigaton’ Listening Experience in Dolby Atmos (JamBase)

Pearl Jam and film distributor Abramorama announced the Gigaton Listening Experience on March 25 in theaters around the world. The event will feature a playback of Pearl Jam’s up... More

INOX to Deploy Dolby Multichannel Amplifiers in India (Economic Times)

INOX, India’s second largest cinema chain, has extended its partnership with Dolby to provide the latest, Dolby Multichannel Amplifiers (DMA) in theatres. INOX claims that it wil... More

RIAA: Streaming Made Up 80% of Music Industry Revenue in 2019 (Pitchfork)

The annual year-end RIAA music revenues report has been released. It sees continued growth in the recorded music business, thanks to streaming, with streaming revenues totaling $8.... More

Podcasting 2020: Business is Booming (The Cutaway)

Podcasting is in a gold-rush phase. Experts say to join the industry now before it's flooded.... More

Is Podcasting Overhyped Among New Technologies? (MediaPost)

Spotify's planned acquisition of podcast startup The Ringer has renewed recent attention on podcasting, and the possibilities for publishers to extend their brands among a growing ... More

How Sky is Bringing Dolby Atmos to the Masses (Trusted Reviews)

Sky is a big believer in new technologies – from 3D to 4K, they’ve been at the forefront of bringing new formats to broadcast TV, the latest being Dolby Atmos.... More

Spotify Spending Big on Podcasts (Marketplace)

Spotify announced Wednesday that it’s purchasing The Ringer. On Spotify’s earnings call CEO Daniel Ek talked about escalating user numbers and his excitement about the recent a... More

Microsoft Edge Brings Dolby Vision Support With Latest Dev Channel Release (WC)

Microsoft has dropped another weekly update for the Microsoft Edge Dev channel. This latest release adds support for Dolby Vision HDR, which should come as a nice surprise for anyo... More

How George Lucas’ Ideas Blazed Trails for Dolby Sound Over 40 Years of ‘Star Wars’ (Variety)

Ever since the fanfare and iconic title crawl of “Star Wars” first burst onto cinema screens in 1977, the dynamic marriage of sound and vision has been the beating heart of the... More

Sony Music Expands Footprint in Podcast Market (Billboard)

Sony Music is further expanding its footprint in the podcast world through a global partnership with Somethin' Else, the U.K.'s biggest independent audio and podcast producer. Term... More