SoundCloud and Universal Music Group have reached a major licensing deal that gives SoundCloud access to a large catalogue and wide range of artists. This isn’t SoundCloud’s first licensing deal, but is its biggest to date; Universal Music Group has a large roster of big-name artists. In the recent past, SoundCloud struck a deal with the National Music Publishers Association, a consortium that includes Warner Music Group.
There's a device out there called Prizm, one made to turn your music playing experience into something wholly unique. This device detects how many people are in the room, seeks out familiar signals, and plays music based on the room's occupants. This device knows what music you like, and it knows what music your significant other likes. It knows what music your best friends like, and it knows how to play that music, automatically, whenever you enter the room.
808 Audio has introduced several new portable speakers as part of its’ CES 2016 lineup, including the new and quite large Canz XL, a larger-than-typical portable speaker based on the Canz. The company also has some more svelte options in the pipeline, though, such as the Hex Light and the Hex LXS. 808 Audio plans to release the new speakers this upcoming spring season.
The audio company Sennheiser has revealed their newest headphones: the Sennheiser HD 800 S, the next step after the classic HD 800. This pair of phones works with the same ear cup design and transducer technology as before, this time coming with a further optimized set of sound images in the medium and low frequency range. This pair of phones is being released with a new symmetrical XLR4 cable, and this newest model has an ever-so-slight color change - now you'll find the ear cups in a premium matte-black finish.
In addition to its new Extra Bass products, Sony has added a variety of audio devices to its h.ear Series, an audio lineup including speakers and headphones. This time around, Sony has added three new models, the h.ear on Wireless NC headphones, h.ear in wireless earbuds, and the oddly named h.ear.go wireless speakers, all three of which boast bright, colorful designs. Sony will be launching the new items this upcoming Spring.
Sony has announced an expansion to its Extra Bass audio lineup, adding news headphones, speakers, and an audio system. The lineup, as its’ name suggests, is targeted at those with heavy bass audio tastes; those who find themselves often disappointed by the bass from most consumer audio devices. Sony plans to launch all of the products in Spring, though prices haven’t been stated yet.
When you hear of the name "Walkman", you will most likely think of portable media players or even, if you are older than two decades, portable cassette tape players. At CES 2016, however, Sony is once again redefining what a Walkman is. It's still a portable media player in the technical sense but instead of taking the form of a pocketable rectangular box, the Walkman 410 series takes the form of a wearable device. To be exact, in-ear wireless headphones that have been designed with rough handling and rough conditions in mind.
With the prevalence of MP3s and now hi-res audio, you'd probably consider vinyl records to be prehistoric artifacts. There is, however, a recent renaissance of the medium among audiophiles and Sony, one of the earliest companies in the music industry, is moving to capitalize on that resurgence. The new PS-HX500 turntable is anything but a regular turntable. While it of course plays those vinyl platters with outstanding quality, it can also let your convert those into outstanding digital versions so that you can enjoy them even when on the move.
Spotify has been hit with a class-action lawsuit from David Lowery over alleged failure to make royalty payments. The lawsuit is seeking a minimum of $150 million in damages from the streaming service, and claims that Spotify distributed music compositions that were copyrighted sans identifying the owners or making it known it planned to use a compulsory license.
If you grew up in the 80's or 90's, you probably remember seeing ads for Columbia House. They're the ones that wanted to sell you a bunch of cassettes or CD's for just a penny. Of course, cashing in on that deal always lead to paying more than just one cent. Well, the company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, so you wouldn't expect to hear anymore big news from them. But they're back.
Just as was rumored earlier this week, one of the world's greatest music acts, The Beatles, will officially join the streaming music era on Christmas Eve. It was just officially announced that Spotify, Apple Music, and seven other streaming services will offer The Beatles' 13 studio albums plus four collections starting at 12:01 AM on December 24th in each timezone.