Music/Audio

Spotify’s Monthly $10 Fee May Not Stay Low for Long (Rolling Stone)

Bloomberg reports that Spotify is gearing up to test price hikes to its subscriptions in certain countries — suggesting that more expensive streaming plans in general may be on t... More

Sony Electronics Unveils New In-Car Audio Line-Up With Bigger Screen Size, High-powered Sound (SSN)

Sony Electronics announced a new line-up of in-car media receivers led by the XAV-AX8000, which features an 8.95-inch screen and single-DIN rear chassis. (more…)... More

Hear The Beatles’ Abbey Road in Hi-Res, Dolby Atmos (What HiFi)

A 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road, The Beatles' penultimate album, will be released next month, with its 17 tracks mixed in stereo, hi-res stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atm... More

Apple’s AirPods Business is Bigger Than You Think (Fortune)

Apple's AirPods wireless earbuds may be small in size, but they're a huge business. This year, the company will sell 50 million AirPods, at $159 for a pair, according to Wedbush an... More

‘The Matrix’ Returns to the Big Screen for 20-Year Anniversary Exclusively in Dolby Cinema at AMC (MESA)

Dolby, Warner Bros., and AMC Theatres announced that The Matrix, winner of four Academy Awards including Best Sound, will return to select theaters nationwide for an exclusive one-... More

Sony Music, FC Barcelona Partner For ‘Entertainment Experiences’ Combining Music, Soccer (Billboard)

The deal combines “big-name football stars and big-name music artists," according to Sony. FC Barcelona will also make use of the Sony Music catalogue for promotional content pro... More

The Streaming Gold Rush is Bringing Major Development to a Decidedly Un-Hollywood Area (LA Times)

The rising demand for scripted shows on streaming services is having an effect in a decidedly un-Hollywood area of Los Angeles: the neighborhood of Pacoima.... More

BT Sport Launches UHD, HDR, Dolby Atmos Channel (Broadcast)

BT Sport is launching a new channel, BT Sport Ultimate, offering pictures and sound in UHD, HDR and Dolby Atmos Sound. Launching in time for the new football season this month, BT ... More

Facebook May Release TV Streaming Device This Fall (Variety)

Facebook is getting ready to release a TV streaming device this fall, The Information reported Wednesday. The device will combine a camera for video chat with streaming apps from m... More

Spotify and Apple Music’s Newest Duel Has Nothing to Do With Music (Rolling Stone)

The two music-streaming companies are racing to corner the podcast market with investments and acquisitions, but it’s still anyone’s game.... More

Toshiba Launches New 2019 TVs With Dolby Vision HDR Support (TR)

Beginning with Toshiba’s flagship, the UL7A features an ELED (Edge Emitting LED) panel and supports Wide Colour Gamut (WCG), HDR10 and dynamic metadata in Dolby Vision HDR. Audio... More

The Success of Streaming Has Been Great for Some, But Is There a Better Way? (NPR)

It's tough to recall a time when listening to music — and making it — wasn't completely synonymous with streaming. The idea of filling an iPod up with carefully selected digita... More

Avid Brings Music Distribution to a Quarter Million Avid Link App Users (MESA)

Avid has introduced AvidPlay, a new music distribution service for its Avid Link app that enables artists, producers and music labels to easily and affordably get their music heard... More

Spotify Pacts With Disney to Launch Hub With Music From Movies, TV Shows (Variety)

Fans of Disney movies and TV shows can now dive into a dedicated music hub on Spotify, featuring seven sections with top hits from Disney animated favorites and music from Pixar, M... More

Apple Reportedly Plans to Fund Original Podcasts (Variety)

Apple has plans to open its checkbooks for podcasts that would be exclusive to its podcasting apps, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The investments would help the company defend its ma... More

Dolby Expands in China as Moviegoers Pursue Better Viewing Experience (Xinhuanet)

Dolby is seeing steady expansion in China thanks to the growing uptake of its advanced imaging and sound technologies in affluent cities. The company has been actively promoting Do... More

40 Years Ago Sony’s Walkman Changed the Way We Listened to Music (CNET)

The Sony Walkman is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The now-famous gadget was introduced with little fanfare in the summer of 1979, but it didn't take long before the whole world... More

Sony Launches HT-Z9F Soundbar With Dolby Atmos (BW Businessworld)

Sony India announced HT-Z9F Soundbar supported by Dolby Atmos for an enhanced, connected and compelling cinematic experience for consumers. The company claims that the HT-Z9F sound... More

How Sky Broadcast a Music Festival Live in Dolby Atmos (What Hi-Fi?)

For the second year in a row, Sky broadcast the UK’s Isle of Wight music festival in Atmos through its 4K UHD service on Sky Arts and Sky One channels, allowing Sky Q subscribers... More

Adobe, Live Nation Partner to Launch the Adobe Creative Tour (MESA)

Adobe has launched the Adobe Creative Tour, an online hub where music fans and creators have the chance to be creative partners to musicians and chroniclers of special moments at 2... More