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Spotify

Hello, Spotify? Are you on? Perils and pratfalls of own-brand hardware

Analysis As Spotify nears an IPO, it is edging towards making home music gear, with a voice-powered speaker the most likely debutant. The streaming music pioneer confirmed this week that, yes, it was testing native voice control for a few users of its iPhone app. Last month Music Ally discovered that Spotify was advertising for an …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2018
Pure Jongo S3 multiroom speaker system

Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

Wireless speaker maker Pure appears to be more the first casualties in Apple's war on 32-bit iOS apps. Pure's 32-bit Connect software for iThings won't work on Apple's new 64-bit-only iOS 11, meaning folks using Cupertino's latest firmware and handsets can't control their space-age hi-fis. The audio remote-control app joins …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2017

An AI can replace what a world leader said in his video-taped speech. This will end well. Not

Video Researchers have crafted algorithms that can blend an audio recording of someone talking with a video of them saying something else entirely – and create a new convincing lip-synched video with the replacement sound. In other words, the resulting video carries the injected audio, rather than its original sound, and the frames …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Jul 2017

EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

Analysis The European Parliament has approved a draft law that geo-blocking, the act of offering an online content service in one European Union (EU) country and that country alone, will be scrapped in the first half of next year. Coupled with the recent law to end mobile roaming charges in the EU as of next month, the OTT industry as …
Faultline, 29 May 2017

Sound-mufflers chuck acoustic sleep blanket at the noise-plagued

Ever wondered why the Bose-style noise-cancelling technology can’t be made to work for rooms? Actually it can, but getting it to muffle sudden noises such as dogs barking or gunshots, so your sleep isn’t broken, and doing so at consumer prices represents a whole new set of challenges. A new Kickstarter project from sound- …
A family listening to a crystal radio set

Shhhh! Facebook is listening

Facebook wants to hear what you have to say. Literally. Professor Kelli Burns claims to have tested a hunch that the social media giant's mobile application is listening to everything you say and providing ads based on that content, and discovered it was true. The mass communication prof at the University of South Florida, …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 May 2016
Super Woofer by Pleuntje, Flickr, under Creative Commons 2.0

ITU rubber-stamps '3D' audio format

Big-screen TV fans – actually, vendors and media outfits – will be celebrating at the prospect of yet another audio standard. The ITU has given clear-for-takeoff to the new standard, ITU-R BS.2088-0, which glories in the title “Long-form file format for the international exchange of audio programme materials with metadata”. …
Neil Young says he will withdraw his music from streaming services

Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

"My music is being removed from all streaming services. It's not good enough to sell or rent," aging rock grumpster Neil Young said today. In a post on Facebook, the veteran musician explained: Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is OK for my fans. It's not because of the money, although my share (like all the other …
Tim Anderson, 15 Jul 2015
Record Store Day 2015

Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

Feature Today, Saturday 18 April, is Record Store Day. Partly a celebration of vinyl, and partly a keen marketing drive to remind people that there are still places to buy music that don't involve massive offshore companies. No doubt there will be busy queues outside venues like Rough Trade East in London, and, alas, speculators buying …
Nigel Whitfield, 18 Apr 2015

Sonos revamps Wi-Fi speaker app, admits: 'We made things worse'

Sonos has upgraded its streaming Wi-Fi speaker app to meet customers’ pleas and is indulging in the Blue Note blues for jazz buffs. Sonos Blue Note Play:1 It’s the 75th anniversary of jazz specialist Blue Note Records and Sonos has jumped onto the marketing opportunity offered by that. It’s bringing out a Blue Note radio …
Chris Mellor, 5 Feb 2015
Denon AVR-X4100W with Atmos height speaker terminals

Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

Comment Is it April already? I really cannot tell from this post, which poses the question: "Is it really possible that the sound quality of bit-identical audio files is influenced by their storage medium before being delivered to the hi-fi system's DAC?"* Well, if this is the sort music experts are spreading around, then I am going to …
StorageBod, 8 Jan 2015

Are there sounds on Mars? NASA launches audio athenaeum

Audiophiles at NASA have published more than 60 samples of historical space artefacts to the administration's Soundcloud account. The athenaeum opens up the opportunity to listen to some of space exploration's idiosyncratic oddities, including quips and musings between Houston and astronauts, pings from the distant Kepler, or …
Darren Pauli, 23 Oct 2014

Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

CES 2014 Although this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was chockablock with Bluetooth-connected wireless speakers, the UK's Imagination Technologies bucked the trend: it demoed its own wireless-speaker tech, the Wi-Fi–enabled Caskeid system. Caskeid – pronounced "cascade" – was announced last September, but CES 2014 was …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2014

I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

Hands On Last month BMW rolled out the first cars to come with a fully integrated on-demand music-streaming service built in. Just before Xmas I took it through its paces to see how it performed and after an hour I was forced to conclude that things look ominous for digital radio, which is likely to be squeezed harder as on-demand …
High Fidelity Pure Audio

Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

Universal Music Group’s bid to get us all buying discs again kicks off this month with the release of the first batch of High Fidelity Pure Audio albums – 27 in all. Well, that’s what UMG says, and its website shows all the upcoming titles will be out in Blighty on 21 October, four months after the format was announced – it …
Tony Smith, 7 Oct 2013
Cassette tape exposed

Compact Cassette supremo Lou Ottens talks to El Reg

Anniversary Q&A As a principal member of the R&D personnel at Philips, Lou Ottens has been behind some of the most enduring audio products in both the analogue and digital domains, from the Compact Cassette to the Compact Disc. In this interview with The Register, Lou Ottens, now in his eighties, recalls the development of the Compact Cassette …
Bob Dormon, 2 Sep 2013
Monster Beats Pro

Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Returning from a school trip to New York, my son handed back most of the $350 spending money we’d given him. Yes, I too thought it was a lot of dosh for a four-day tour but then I have no experience in the matter. When I was a kid, a school trip involved walking up to the pond to catch tadpoles for biology class, not …
Alistair Dabbs, 26 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

Google has helped lower the blood pressure of internet users across the world with an experimental Chrome feature that makes it easy to identify which of your open tabs is blaring out noise. The feature, which is available in Chromium and the bleeding edge "this might crash horribly" Canary build of Chrome, puts a little …
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2013

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