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Hi-res streaming gets boost at CES with new industry collective

A collective of record labels, streaming platforms, and advocacy organizations leveraged the CES spotlight to announce a commitment to high-resolution (hi-res) audio streaming. The loosely-articulated mission continues an industry trend whose mileposts have been as varied as Neil Young's Pono venture, Tidal's hi-res streaming subscription service, and the small but notable resurgence of vinyl records.

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Changes of heart: Metallica is on Napster, Radiohead is on Spotify

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Metallica is out with a new album and the band has gone an unusual route with distribution. Hardwired… To Self Destruct has been released on most of the usual digital outlets, but it is also on YouTube in its entirety. Metallica's adoption of streaming distribution contradicts the band's earlier resistence, and contains some irony. Then there is Radiohead, once a hold-out, which is now streaming on Spotify.

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Rhapsody CEO on the change to Napster and navigating the future

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Rhapsody is the great uncle of on-demand music subscription services. Two months ago Mike Davis took over as CEO, quickly tightening the ship with a round of layoffs. Last week came the announcement that Rhapsody would become Napster across all territories, consolidating its brand. RAIN News dialed up a conversation with Mike Davis to discuss that decision, and talk about steering a music service through a complex competitive landscape.

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