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Setlist: High quality audio goes mainstream

By and | Published on Monday 24 May 2021

Listening to music

CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including Apple and Amazon’s announcements that users of their streaming services will now be able to enjoy some super enhanced audio action via their respective music platforms at no extra cost, plus the UK’s competition regulator the Competition & Markets Authority’s announcement that it has launched an investigation into the recent acquisition by Sony Music of Kobalt’s recordings division.

SECTION TIMES
01: High quality audio (00:3:51)
02: Sony Music (00:21:05)
(Timings may be slightly different due to adverts)

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STORIES DISCUSSED THIS WEEK
• Apple Music and Amazon Music offering higher quality audio at no extra cost
UK competition regulator to investigate Sony’s AWAL purchase
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