More details emerge on what’s needed for lossless Apple Music
We reported yesterday on Apple Music’s announcement of ’spatial audio’ (using the Dolby Atmos format) and 75m lossless-quality tracks. Overnight, some more details have emerged about what is needed to listen to this...
May 18, 2021
Syng unveils Cell Alpha smart speaker and Syng Space app
Syng is the startup co-founded by Christopher Stringer, formerly a key member of Apple’s design team. We’ve been tracking its path towards launch since May 2020, including its hire of former UMG, Vevo and Magic Leap...
May 17, 2021
Speculation grows about Apple Music’s lossless audio plans
Something is bubbling in Apple Music land, according to a teaser on the service itself, as well as references found in the code of its Android and web apps. That something appears to be a proper hi-res tier using lossless...
May 17, 2021
Facebook audio push includes ‘Project Boombox’ with Spotify
As predicted, Facebook announced its big push into ‘social audio’ yesterday. Its plans include “a sound studio in your pocket” to create audio posts (or ‘Soundbites’) for Facebook – including...
April 20, 2021
Spotify makes its live-audio move with Locker Room acquisition
“There are elements of live listening that will eventually exist on Spotify too. You should imagine that functionality being available,” Spotify CEO Daniel Ek told Music Ally in February this year, when we asked...
March 31, 2021
Musiio helps Melodie add ‘audio to search other audio’ feature
Musiio is one of the startups we’ve been tracking in recent years, as it develops its technology to scan and tag large catalogues of music. And also search through them more efficiently, as seen in its latest partnership,...
March 30, 2021
Spotify and Apple show narrative ambition with new audio stories
There is more to non-music audio than podcasts, as we’ve been pointing out recently. The latest proof comes from Spotify and Apple, with their latest content experiments. Spotify has released nine new audiobooks on its...
January 26, 2021
‘Audio first’ race intensifies with Apple and Tencent Music
It was February 2019 when Spotify signalled its move to an “audio-first” strategy, pushing towards a future where more than 20% of its listening would come from “non-music content”. A succession of acquisitions and...
January 18, 2021
Sony unveils its first 360 Reality Audio smart speakers
Sony’s consumer electronics arm has been showing off its new smart speakers, which are its first to use the company’s 360 Reality Audio format. They do stick to some Sony traditions though: numberwangtastic product...
January 11, 2021
Apple reveals AirPods Max headphones and Fitness+ launch
Despite two recent press events, Apple wasn’t quite done with product launches for 2020. Yesterday it unwrapped its latest audio product: a pair of wireless over-the-ear headphones called AirPods Max, for people with...
December 9, 2020
Apple News updates show how Apple and Spotify’s audio strategies differ
Spotify’s ‘audio-first’ strategy – as originally outlined here – is about one audio app to rule them all, currently focused on music and podcasts, with an eye to other kinds of content in the future....
July 16, 2020
Twitter adds voice posts: ‘Sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough’
People in Silicon Valley have been getting hot under the collar recently about an app called Clubhouse, which is based on people recording and uploading voice messages. Now there’s more good news for people who love...
June 18, 2020