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MP3 ‘died’ and nobody noticed: Patents expire on golden oldie tech – The Register

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

The last known patents on the MP3 audio format expired last month – and it’s taken three weeks for anyone to notice. And the Fraunhofer Institute has declined to renew the intellectual property it owns on the MPEG Audio Layer III technology – as well as terminated its licensing programme. So yup, now you can use MP3 in your products patent free, and your MP3s that used to work will…

Selena Gomez Releases New Single and Music Video for ”Bad Liar” – E! Online

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

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With MIXhalo, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger aims to deliver studio-quality sound at live events – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Most of you have probably been to concerts where the sound sucked, where all of the music was blown out and you couldn’t make out a single word of the lyrics. Now, you might have had a great time regardless (concerts are funny that way), but bad sound isn’t exactly a selling point. It can be particularly frustrating if you’re seeing a musician you love playing your favorite songs — and I’m guessing…

Apple Music is moving away from album exclusives – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Apple Music is cutting back on one of its defining characteristics: album exclusives. In a recent interview with Music Business Worldwide, Apple exec Jimmy Iovine said that the streaming service plans to be less aggressive about obtaining exclusives in the future. “We tried it,” he said. “We’ll still do some stuff with the occasional artist. The labels don’t seem to like it and ultimately it’s their content.” Back in 2016,…

Mortgage volume drops 4.1% in latest week as younger buyers bail out – CNBC

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Bracing Change CD review – intriguing, vivid new music from Holt, Dennehy and Gilbert – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Wigmore Hall’s commitment to programming new music has burgeoned over the last few years, and all the works on this disc were commissioned by the venue, in collaboration with NMC and the Radcliffe Trust. These recordings are taken from premieres there in 2015 and 2016. The three works – two of them string quartets, the third a string quintet with the Schubert lineup of two cellos, rather than Mozart’s…

Grizzly Bear Share New Song ‘Mourning Sound,’ Announce Album Release – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Grizzly Bear. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist Grizzly Bear. Courtesy of the artist The celebrated Brooklyn four-piece Grizzly Bear has released another new song, “Mourning Sound,” and given the upcoming album from which it’s taken a name and a release date: Painted Ruins will be out on August 18. It’s the band’s first since Shields in 2012. “I made a mistake / I…

Say goodbye to the iconic MP3 – Quartz

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

When it was introduced in the late 1990s, the MP3—a then-novel digital audio coding format—shattered the dominance of physical CDs. It reduced audio file sizes by as much as 95%, suddenly allowing listeners to carry a massive amount of music around on tiny pocket-sized devices. But in the 2000s, as is often the case in music, the MP3 was slowly usurped by newer, more powerful formats, which are now used…

‘I want to see mummy’: Ian Brady’s chilling audio tape recording of 10-year-old victim’s last moments – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

At another point, the woman said: “Hush, Hush, shut up or I will forget myself and hit you one. I will hit you one.” In another passage, Lesley Ann pleaded: “Can I tell you summat. I must tell you summat. Take your hands off me for a minute, please… Please, mum, please – I cannot tell you. I cannot breathe…Please God …Why? What are you going to do with me?”…

Your MP3s are going to be just fine – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Apple iPod Shuffles in March 2009.  (Paul Sakuma/AP) Let us now praise old music-file formats, and the music cultures that begat us. The Internet is spilling many pixels over the fact that the MP3, the music file used on the original iPod, has been abandoned by its inventors at the Fraunhofer Institute. The German organization, a division of the group that helped develop the MP3, is letting its licensing hold on the format expire. The…

The science of songs: how does music affect your body chemistry? – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Like many music lovers I’ve always had a fascination withthe emotional power. How can a combination of sounds make all the hairs on your arms stand on end, or make you cry? I’ve always enjoyed reading newspaper and magazine articles about the psychological effects of music, but apart from the general conclusion that “music is magical”, they rarely provide any scientific answers. But there are answers as to why music…

Will L.A. Reid’s Sony Ouster Put the Music Industry on Trial for Sexual Harassment? – Variety

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Above all else, Sony Music “wanted to avoid another Kesha situation,” says an insider of the company’s decision to dismiss executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid from his post as chairman and CEO of Epic Records after receiving multiple claims of improper behavior and allegations of sexual harassment. News of his exit was revealed by Variety on May 11. The exact nature of the claims made by a female assistant who had…

Music and sports are like peanut butter and jelly at Fox’s upfront presentation – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It was all about the music — and sports too — at Fox’s upfront presentation Monday evening at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The 90-minute-plus presentation spent a good chunk of time emphasizing Fox’s sports properties, with appearances by Fox Sports play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who joins Fox Sports as a Major League Baseball analyst. All the praise isn’t surprising when you consider the network is…

Music and sports are like peanut butter and jelly at Fox’s upfront presentation – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It was all about the music — and sports too — at Fox’s upfront presentation Monday evening at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The 90-minute-plus presentation spent a good chunk of time emphasizing Fox’s sports properties, with appearances by Fox Sports play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who joins Fox Sports as a Major League Baseball analyst. All the praise isn’t surprising when you consider the network is…

MP3 isn’t dead, it’s just sleeping – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The tech industry says the lapse of the licensing program for MP3s doesn’t mean that the format is now dead. Industry research body Fraunhofer IIS, which began developing the MP3 format in the late ’80s, recently said it had ended the “licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software” as of April 23, 2016. While several sites have surmised this means that MP3 is dead as a format, the…

PBS digs into roots music with ‘American Epic’ – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“American Epic,” a new musical documentary series beginning Tuesday on PBS, comes with some big names attached: much-advertised executive producers Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford, who also narrates. It’s helpful in the documentary world to have celebrity endorsements — writer-director Bernard MacMahon is not a name to reckon with — but they are not the point, and happily they do not get underfoot. The series’ strength lies…

Will L.A. Reid’s Sony Ouster Put the Music Industry on Trial for Sexual Harassment? – Variety

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Above all else, Sony Music “wanted to avoid another Kesha situation,” says an insider of the company’s decision to dismiss executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid from his post as chairman and CEO of Epic Records after receiving multiple claims of improper behavior and allegations of sexual harassment. News of his exit was revealed by Variety on May 11. The exact nature of the claims made by a female assistant who had…

MP3 isn’t dead, it’s just sleeping – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The tech industry says the lapse of the licensing program for MP3s doesn’t mean that the format is now dead. Industry research body Fraunhofer IIS, which began developing the MP3 format in the late ’80s, recently said it had ended the “licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software” as of April 23, 2016. While several sites have surmised this means that MP3 is dead as a format, the…

MP3 isn’t dead, it’s just sleeping – CNET

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

The tech industry says the lapse of the licensing program for MP3s doesn’t mean that the format is now dead. Industry research body Fraunhofer IIS, which began developing the MP3 format in the late ’80s, recently said it had ended the “licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software” as of April 23, 2016. While several sites have surmised this means that MP3 is dead as a format, the…

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