January 6, 2017Support Mounts for High-Res Audio Streaming
This week all three major labels (Universal, Sony and Warners), Pandora and the RIAA all announced support for studio quality hi-res audio for music streaming. The support addresses the compressed and sonically inferior mp3's currently used for most music streams, and could potentially result in the addition of premium audio tiers on all the major streaming platforms. A recent study has also indicated that there is a growing market for hi-res audio, finding that "85 percentof U.S. consumers say audio quality is "very important" to US consumers; 48 percentare willing to pay more for better audio quality;and perhaps most significantly that "71 percentof existing music streaming subscribers are interested in the option of studio quality sound."" Read more on the pros and cons of hi-res audio offerings here.
January 5, 2017Streaming Audio Ad Evaluation
Spotify/GroupM recently released an evaluation of streaming audio advertising, which explores streaming media consumption, listener demographics, mobile listening, and ad spend.Some of the most interesting findings from the study include: $220 million of new ad revenue ...
January 4, 20172017 Tech Development Predictions
Lots of forecasts have been rolling out for 2017, and Recode's "Predicting the Top 10 Tech Developments for 2017" is one of the better articles we have seen. Their in depth predictions for the year ahead include: the disappearance of device categories, VR/AR hardware ...
January 3, 20172017 Streaming Music Forecast
Fast Company put out an excellent article this week forecasting the top trends and changes for streaming music in 2017. They predict more chaos and innovation as the industry continues to adapt to the digital world, with the decline of physical sales and downloads ...
December 9, 2016Pandora Launches Spotify Competitor
Big news for Pandora this week... the streaming radio service finally gave a select group of VIPs and reporters a first look at their much anticipated Spotify competitor, Pandora Premium. The new streaming service will offer on-demand access to a massive music library ...
December 8, 2016iHeartRadio Launches Subscription Product
This week iHeartRadio released their long awaited 2-tier subscription product: iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access. Currently free, 30-day beta trials are being rolled out to iOS and Android users, with desktop services expected to become available in January. ...
December 7, 2016Instagram Updates User Comments
This week Instagram made a major update to user comments, now allowing users to both like and disable comments on posts. The update is an effort by the social media platform to curb online abuse while simultaneously boosting engagement. Instagram will roll out the ...
December 5, 2016VR Market Leaders
Venture Beat just published a revealing study on the virtual reality (VR) market, breaking down the leaders in the industry and evaluating and estimating product sales. Some of the findings from the study include: hardware makers are dominating the VR market, Sony ...
December 2, 2016Netflix Adds Offline Viewing
Big news for Netflix this week... the streaming video giant finally announced the addition of offline viewing this week - a feature that has been long requested from users. The new offline feature will allow users to download select video content onto their tablets ...
December 1, 2016Apple Rolls Out Student Pricing
This week Apple Music announced that they will now offer their competitive 'student pricing' deal in nearly 2 dozen new countries, including Canada, Japan, France and China. The deal (which rolled out in May to the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand ...