SiriusXM Acquires Podcast Management, Analytics Platform Simplecast

SiriusXM announced the acquisition of Simplecast, a leading podcast management platform that enables podcasters to publish, manage, and measure their content.

The Simplecast solution, paired with the award-winning monetization platform of AdsWizz, the adtech subsidiary of SiriusXM, creates an end-to-end solution that enables creators to publish and generate revenue from their podcasts, all in one place. Continue reading SiriusXM Acquires Podcast Management, Analytics Platform Simplecast

audiobridge Brings Studio-Quality Possibilities to Smartphones

audiobridge has a simple proposal: Most of what you need to make quality recorded music–multitracking, for example–can be packed into a smartphone.

This proposal is more radical than it sounds at first. The world’s more than 7 billion phones can now act as little recording studios, ready for everyone, everywhere to lay down ideas, play with arrangements, and make music. “We’re making something for everyone, not just for pros or aspiring pros, but for the entire world, including young people and kids,” says audiobridge founder and CEO Matt Miller, himself an experienced musician, session player, and songwriter. “That’s the vision, to have the power of Pro Tools and the simplicity of a voice memo.” Continue reading audiobridge Brings Studio-Quality Possibilities to Smartphones

Super Hi-Fi Surpasses 1B Audio Transitions Per Month

Super Hi-Fi announced it has surpassed 1 billion monthly music transitions, tripling volume from its last report in January 2020. Each transition reflects a unique AI calculation driving perfect song segues, sonic logos, personalities, audio advertisements, and other audio elements for commercial streaming music services. Continue reading Super Hi-Fi Surpasses 1B Audio Transitions Per Month

MOD Devices Announces the MOD Dwarf: Compact, Affordable, Customizable Modular Effects Processor

A steadily rising player in the international market for cutting-edge audio-tech innovation, MOD Devices takes a problem-solving approach to developing community-driven hardware and software that bring simplicity and low-cost utility to musicians.

The Berlin-based music tech firm is announcing the February launch of a Kickstarter campaign to support the production of the MOD Dwarf, their latest one-stop solution to the need for a compact, economical, and endlessly customizable modular effects processor. Continue reading MOD Devices Announces the MOD Dwarf: Compact, Affordable, Customizable Modular Effects Processor

Soundwhale Lets You Share Your Studio with Anyone in the World

Remote collaboration on audio projects is not where it should be, especially when working with video. Asynchronous back-and-forth communication can kill creativity in the studio.

Laggy, jittery feeds, over compressed streams, and unworkable delays distract users and ruin sessions. Soundwhale solves these issues, making synchronous collaboration, communication, and recording a reality in an easy-to-use suite for desktop (macOS) and mobile (iOS). Continue reading Soundwhale Lets You Share Your Studio with Anyone in the World

Stingray Selects Triton Digital for Digital Audio Monetization

Triton Digital announced today that Stingray has selected Triton Digital to power the monetization of the streaming audio content on its Stingray Music mobile application. Through this partnership, Stingray will utilize Triton’s programmatic audio marketplace (a2x®) and audio Sell-Side Platform (Yield-Op) to make its audio inventory available programmatically to media buyers around the world through both open and private marketplace deals. Continue reading Stingray Selects Triton Digital for Digital Audio Monetization

Sony Introduces All New “360 Reality Audio” Music Experience

Sony announced an all new music experience called “360 Reality Audio” that makes listeners feel as if they are immersed in sound from all directions. The new experience is delivered by Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology and was announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Sony is working with major music labels, music distribution services1 and other such music organizations to provide the technology for building a musical ecosystem around 360 Reality Audio, which will include the creation, distribution and playing of music content. Continue reading Sony Introduces All New “360 Reality Audio” Music Experience

TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal

TuneIn and CUMULUS MEDIA have signed an agreement that will bring all 441 of CUMULUS MEDIA’S owned-and-operated stations across 90 U.S. markets to the TuneIn platform as well as distribution of the podcasts from Westwood One Podcast Network. The deal will bring market-leading stations to TuneIn’s 75 million monthly listeners across more than 200 platforms and connected devices including smart speakers, beginning today. Continue reading TuneIn, CUMULUS MEDIA Set Expansion Deal

Enhancing the Impact of In-Store Music, Axis Partners with Leading Content Providers

While in-store audio is well-established, the potential for music and audio in enhancing the retail customer experience and driving sales is still largely untapped. In announcing strategic partnerships with Soundtrack Your Brand, Royal Streaming, MUSIC2BIZ and Pinesker Media Company, Axis network audio technologies now integrates with several subscription-based music services to enable tailored background music for business in primarily retail establishments.

By partnering with these music services, Axis can now offer a complete solution for retailers who wish to easily manage all aspects of their in-store audio.

A study by one of the new Axis partners, Soundtrack Your Brand, found that, in a restaurant environment, playing background music that reflects your brand’s identity can boost sales by an average of 9.1% compared to music which doesn’t (the full study can be found here). The existing Axis network audio technology provides a host of use cases, including targeted public address functionality and integration with video analytics. By partnering with providers of customizable background music, Axis can now offer a complete suite of easily-managed, in-store audio solutions. Continue reading Enhancing the Impact of In-Store Music, Axis Partners with Leading Content Providers

Bose Introduces Audio Augmented Reality Platform

At SXSW, Bose introduces Bose AR, the world’s first audio augmented reality platform, and glasses to hear— a Bose AR prototype that launches the future of mobile sound. Bose also announces its SDK schedule date for developers, manufacturers, and research institutions, along with collaborations currently under way, and venture funding for related start-ups.

“Bose AR represents a new kind of augmented reality— one that’s made for anyone and every day,” said John Gordon, vice president of the Consumer Electronics Division at Bose. “It places audio in your surroundings, not digital images, so you can focus on the amazing world around you— rather than a tiny display. It knows which way you’re facing, and can instantly connect that place and time with endless possibilities for travel, learning, music and more. And it can be added to products and apps we already use and love, removing some of the big obstacles that have kept AR on the sidelines.” Continue reading Bose Introduces Audio Augmented Reality Platform

Nielsen Launches Audio Data Management Platform

Nielsen today announced that Westwood One, America’s largest radio network, has selected Nielsen Marketing Cloud and its advanced data management platform (Nielsen DMP) to launch the first-ever audio DMP.

This ushers in an era of highly specific radio audience targeting. Advertisers can now make sharper buying decisions across Westwood One’s over-the-air radio and streaming audio channels, which reach almost a quarter of a billion listeners weekly across all U.S. media markets.

“Purchase-based marketing is now a long-awaited reality for our advertisers, and proudly a first-mover advantage for Westwood One,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Radio now offers specificity of audience alongside the biggest reach in media. We are embracing Nielsen’s big data capabilities to enable our advertisers to identify and reach their best customers across every radio format we offer at an extremely high degree of accuracy.” Continue reading Nielsen Launches Audio Data Management Platform