Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:
Dash Radio still growing and thriving: Before Beats 1 ever hit the scene, Dash Radio was leading the charge for excellence in online radio. Despite the high-profile competition, a feature in Gigaom revealed that Dash Radio has exceeded 3 million subscribers. Founder Scott Keeney (also known as DJ Skee) discussed the current performance and future plans for Dash.
New logo emerges for hi-res music: The U.S. music production and recording industry has created a new logo specifically for labeling high-resolution music. The branding is the result of collaboration between the RIAA, The Digital Entertainment Group and The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing. Some digital retailers are participating, including Neil Young’s Pono Music and Naxo’s ClassicsOnline HD*LL. “Our ultimate goal is to ensure that music enthusiasts can more easily identify their highest quality preferences, and this is a key step in that process,” said RIAA Chief Technology Officer David Hughes. “We thank those that have adopted the Hi-Res MUSIC logo, and encourage others in this space to follow suit, in order to help consumers enjoy the highest-quality digital recordings possible.”
Major retailers lead the vinyl resurgence: In just about any assessment of music sales, one of the few areas of growth recently has been vinyl. But the most sales aren’t happening at a local music store or a niche specialist. Last year, the top seller of vinyl was clothing retailer Urban Outfitters. But that company may be getting competition from Barnes & Noble, which now has vinyl sections in all of its physical stores. The retailer is even prepping for a Vinyl Day event on Nov. 21.