Travis Scott and Lil Nas X hop on the PlayStation 5 bandwagon
Sony's new PlayStation 5 console went on sale in some countries last week, with a wider rollout this week. Right from the earliest model, PlayStation marketing has often had strong ties with music, and the PS5 is no exception. Already...
November 16, 2020
Spotify, Apple, YouTube and Netflix among PS5 media partners
November this year is New Consoles Month, with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S plus Sony's PlayStation 5 making their debuts. While games are the focus, music and video streaming will also be part of the packages. Sony revealed...
October 23, 2020
PlayStation Plus and Disney+ both report subscription growth
We like to keep an eye on subscription-based entertainment businesses outside music, and yesterday two big companies' financial results offered us some new data to consider. Sony Corporation's results included the announcement...
August 5, 2020
Sony Corporation invests $250m in Fortnite maker Epic Games
Sony Music's parent company is investing $250m in Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite. Sony Corporation announced the deal yesterday, and said it "allows Sony and Epic to aim to broaden their collaboration across...
July 10, 2020
Sony 360 Reality Audio will launch with four streaming services
Technology firm Sony has revealed more of the plans for its 360 Reality Audio format, which was announced earlier this year. From late autumn, there will be around 1,000 songs available in the format through four streaming...
October 16, 2019
Sony unveils new Walkman complete with MQA hi-res support
Search for ‘Walkman’ on Google, and the ‘people also ask’ boxout reveals that common searches include ‘When was the Walkman discontinued?’ and ‘Do they still make Walkmans?’. The answer to the latter being...
September 6, 2019
Sony CSL is using AI to generate kick-drum tracks
Sony’s Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) in Paris was responsible for one of the first high-profile projects in the modern wave of AI-generated music – Flow Machines, which in 2016 was responsible for the Beatles-esque...
August 6, 2019
Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo under investigation over online gaming subscriptions
The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK is investigating how three major companies – Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo – are handling renewals for their online gaming services. The CMA will look at the T&Cs...
April 8, 2019
Sony shows off its new ‘360 Reality Audio’ format at CES
We reported the other day on Sony Corporation’s plans to use its keynote at the CES technology show in Las Vegas to flag up the importance of its entertainment arms: music, movies and games. As things turned out, one of...
January 9, 2019
Sony expects more collaboration between entertainment divisions
Sony Corporation’s chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida is giving a high-profile speech at the CES technology show in Las Vegas later today. Ahead of the event, he talked to the New York Times about how one of his key messages...
January 7, 2019
Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared
Impala warns of Sony’s “near monopoly grip” on European charts if EMI Music Publishing deal is cleared Impala, representing the European independent music community, is upping its efforts to block Sony’s full acquisition...
October 17, 2018
Sony builds education-focused DRM system on the blockchain
In 2018, if you’re not on the blockchain, do you even exist? Sony is firmly planting its flag in that ledger-based soil with the announcement that it is building a digital rights management system on the blockchain that...
October 16, 2018