The last few years have seen the introduction of Hi-Res and lossless music services in the form of Qobuz and Apple Music. This has created a great deal of interest and excitement among music fans, but there is also a lot of uncertainty as to where these new services are heading and how they will play out.
Apple Music’s addition of Spatial Audio and Lossless support last year
Spatial Audio is an Apple Music feature that makes it possible for you to experience a surround sound experience. It works by tracking your position and adjusting the sound accordingly. It requires specific software and hardware. The new features were launched last year, and they’ve expanded to include more than just earbuds.
While Apple has been adding new songs to its catalog since its launch in June, they’ve also been working on adding more and more titles in the Spatial Audio format. In fact, more than 50 percent of Apple Music subscribers are now listening to music in the new audio technology.
The company says that the new features will be available at no additional cost to its subscribers. That includes the ability to download a special guide to Spatial Audio, which is being narrated by Zane Lowe. In addition, a number of artists will be releasing new tracks in the Spatial Audio format.
Apple will also be releasing an update to Logic Pro, which will allow musicians to create songs in the Spatial Audio format. Additionally, the company plans to add educational programs to the program. They will provide resources to help independent artists and labels produce Spatial Audio-friendly releases.
As for Lossless, Apple has announced that it will make the entire library of 75 million songs available for streaming in Lossless. Users can listen to the lossless version of the music through their own Macs or built-in speakers. However, they will not be able to use the Lossless audio on their headphones.
Apple has not yet said when other new features will be made available, but it is likely that they will come soon. This includes Dolby Atmos support.
The new features are being added to Apple’s music service as part of a larger plan to expand the Apple ecosystem. The company will continue to make sure that the quality of mixing is perfect on all new tracks. They will also continue to work with labels and artists to bring in the best tracks from their catalogs.
Apple’s senior vice president, Oliver Schusser, spoke about the addition of Lossless and Spatial Audio on his blog. He says that the new features are a “next generation of sound.”
Qobuz’s claims to offer the “biggest catalogue of CD-quality lossless and Hi-Res albums in the world”
If you’re like me you’re probably already in the know by now, but you’ll still be surprised to learn that you didn’t have to be a subscriber to Spotify to experience its HiFi variant. The service was first spotted several months ago in the iOS app by the way. Luckily for you it’s an ad-free, pay as you go service so you’ll never have to pay more than your yearly Spotify premium subscription to enjoy it. To boot it’s not too difficult to sign up and you’ll get an earful of the best tunes ain’t this a good thing? Plus, you get to decide which ones you want. It’s also a good way to make up for that Spotify faux pas of yours. Hopefully you’ll be the proud new owner of a shiny golden Spotify tee soon enough. Luckily, yours truly will be happy to oblige. oh, and maybe you’ll even join the club.
Billie Eilish’s role as pre-release ambassadors for HiFi
Spotify is going to be rolling out its HiFi service later this year in select markets, but it’s not the only lossless music streaming service out there. Apple Music and Deezer also have their own versions of the high-end experience. And while Spotify won’t have the same clout as its bigger brothers, it’s no slouch when it comes to quality sound.
In its own way, Spotify has made waves in the past year, launching high-quality music streaming services in over 85 countries. However, in the face of a stiff competition from rivals like Apple and Deezer, it’s going to have to get creative in order to stay relevant. And while it’s not the king of the hill, it does have a large albeit niche market.
On the subject of features, the company is releasing a new video called ‘Spotify: In Concert’, which follows a young teen pop star’s journey from the bedroom of her parents to the stage of the iconic New York City venue. As you might imagine, the hype surrounding this release has been immense. And, in fact, the film has garnered more buzz than the much larger Apple Music event that took place earlier in the year.
It’s also been noted that the company is partnering with speaker manufacturers to help it get the most out of its new hi-res offering. In fact, Spotify has already announced the name of one such company, which will likely be featured in a future release. This isn’t a bad thing, as the company is well positioned to take advantage of its partners’ manufacturing prowess, as well as leveraging the latest tech to better serve its subscriber base.
As for the actual rollout of its HiFi service, the company has remained coy, but we’re expecting to hear something from the company at the Consumer Electronics Show next month. And, if all goes well, we’re predicting that the service will be available in Europe and Asia by the end of the year. We’ll update this story with more details as they become available. Until then, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the best sounding new feature.
Spotify’s legal quagmire in trying to update its music deals
The music industry is undergoing a major transition, and one of the most prominent streaming services in the world is facing a legal quagmire. Spotify is the company that is most often blamed for slashing artists’ compensation. But this is not an isolated case. The service has been criticized for paying minuscule amounts to many mainstream artists. Earlier this year, a group of independent artists protested the lack of payment.
But despite all of the criticism, Spotify has managed to stay at the top of the charts. It has also forged direct licensing deals with a number of independent artists. This has helped give artists a better chance of pitching their music for playlists. Eventually, the company plans to go public and offer stock to investors. But with this move comes a huge risk.
Spotify has been under fire for its relationships with songwriters and publishers, and the company has come under a lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing. This lawsuit came after the music publisher sued the service for $1.6 billion.
Another lawsuit has been filed against Spotify. According to reports, Bluewater Music Services has filed a second suit. It is claiming that the NMPA deal on mechanicals did not address all of the issues that the company was seeking to resolve.
While the lawsuits are still pending, Spotify has taken steps to improve its relationships with songwriters and artists. This includes announcing a separate deal with the National Music Publishers Association. This is a sign that the music industry may have reached a consensus on how to license on-demand streaming services.
But while the deal does not prevent lawsuits, it does provide a better financial cut to artists. In addition, the company has announced that it is working on new agreements with a number of other music publishers.
The company has also reportedly hired the Harry Fox Agency to assist with its music rights negotiations. The agency had been providing similar services to labels.
But these deals with artists, publishers, and music executives do come with a big risk. In the event of a dispute, the company may suspend access to its subscribers. It is up to the parties to reach an agreement, or they can seek relief in a court of competent jurisdiction.