Music/Audio

Paramount Becomes Latest Studio to Support Dolby Vision for UHD Blu-ray, Streaming (MESA)

Paramount has become the latest Hollywood studio to throw its support behind Dolby Vision for Ultra High-Def (UHD) Blu-ray and streamed movies featuring High Dynamic Range (HDR), f... More

Dolby Celebrates 100th Dolby Cinema Opening (MESA)

Dolby today announced the opening of its 100th global Dolby Cinema location at AMC South Bay Galleria 16 in Redondo Beach, California. This global milestone highlights the strength... More

Google Play Offers Movies in HDR (HMM)

Google Play announced the launch of HDR (high dynamic range) playback for myriad movies available for sale on the digital retail platform. HDR will first be available in the U.S. a... More

Smart Speakers Set to Capture 30 Percent of U.S. Audio Market in 2017 (Twice)

Fun fact: Amazon is now the world's largest audio equipment vendor. Thanks to the success of smart speakers with voice personal assistants (VPAs), the audio market has rebounded... More

Musicians Institute Teams with Vistex to Provide Students a Competitive Edge in Tomorrow’s Music Industry (MESA)

Vistex announced that Musicians Institute is the first school to implement Record Maestro as a core requirement of its Music Business Program, which is designed to equip future mus... More

Dolby Atmos for Music Debuts in the U.S. (MESA)

Dolby today announced Chicago club Sound-Bar will boast the first Dolby Atmos music entertainment experience in a club in the United States. The Dolby Atmos residency at Sound-Bar ... More

Why 2017 is the Year of Reckoning for the Streaming Music Business (Fast Company)

There are few industries more paradoxical than streaming music. On the one hand, it’s exploding: The boom in paid subscriptions is driving the music industry’s first real growt... More

Queen, Adam Lambert, Universal Music Team for ‘VR The Champions’ (Variety)

Queen and Adam Lambert, who recently kicked off their U.S. tour and played two nights at the Hollywood Bowl, will offer fans a virtual reality concert experience. The band has t... More

How Much Bigger Will Streaming Music Get – Some Projections for the Future (Forbes)

It’s no secret—nor surprise—that streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio and the select few others that have managed to survive the incredibly tou... More

Tesla Reportedly Considering Launching its Own Streaming Music Service (Forbes)

This report certainly came out of left field, but at this point, the world should have learned not to be surprised by Elon Musk's seemingly limitless entrepreneurial ambitions. ... More

Spotify is Testing ‘Sponsored Songs’ in Playlists (The Verge)

Spotify users have noticed a new opt-out setting appearing both on desktop and in-app: Sponsored Songs. Sponsored content in general is not new for Spotify — last year they allow... More

Streaming Music’s Biggest Holdouts are Caving in (Fast Company)

The slow thaw in artists’ discontent is easy to understand once you see the numbers. Last year, streaming made up more than 50% of the music industry’s revenue for the first ti... More

Supreme Court Turns Down ‘Dancing Baby’ Copyright Case (THR)

It took a while, but the U.S. Supreme Court has finally decided that it won't review Stephanie Lenz v. Universal Music Corp, a case examining the circumstances by which copyright h... More

Dolby Access is Going to Change the Way You Hear Your Xbox One Games (TechRadar)

Dolby Access might be the best-kept secret of E3 2017. Actually, that distinction belongs to Metroid Prime 4, but nevertheless, it’s a nifty app targeted specifically at Xbox One... More

Spotify Passes 140 Million Users, Promises to Pay Labels $2 Billion as Losses Widen (Variety)

Spotify passed 140 million worldwide users as both its revenue and operating loss grew significantly in 2016, according to the company’s annual financial statement released Thurs... More

Podcasts Offer Competition for $33 Billion U.S. Streaming Audio Market (MediaPost)

While the format has been embraced by major media brands and independent hobbyists, U.S. advertisers will spend just $200 million on podcasts this year -- a paltry sum when compare... More

Apple Music Hits 27 Million Subscribers (Billboard)

During Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference out of San Jose, the company revealed that Apple Music now has 27 million subscribers, up from the 20 million figure Apple executives ... More

Former Warner Music Chief Edgar Bronfman Jr. Bullish on Biz in the Streaming Era (Variety)

Former Warner Music Group Chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., who stepped down from the post in 2012 after selling the company to a group led by Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik’s ... More

Dolby Cinema Expands in Europe with Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathe Deal (THR)

Cinema chain Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathe inked a deal with Dolby to open 10 Dolby Cinema locations, with seven in France and three in the Netherlands. This includes Amsterdam and Rot... More

Dolby, Huawei Announce First Dolby Atmos Sound System Enabled Devices (MESA)

Dolby Laboratories and Huawei today announced a new series of MateBook laptops featuring the world’s first Dolby Atmos Sound System, a Dolby designed sound system combining custo... More