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Wednesday, May 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Role of High Resolution Audio in the Industry

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Digital music streaming adoption continues its global assent. On-demand access to music grew by 54 percent to 164 billion paid-for streams in the US alone and may have helped the record business break even in 2014. As the streaming industry heats up and becomes ever more competitive, differentiated product offerings that reproduce the full range of sound from recordings, exactly as the artist intended, are a new and compelling option for an increasing number of music fans and electronics consumers. The last 12 months has seen new High Resolution Audio (HRA) music service launches and the creation of a formal definition for HRA by the industry to help consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers in their efforts to market the latest compatible devices and help provide more clarity for consumers. From a commercial perspective, HRA offers the prospect of attractive new revenue streams and allows providers to tap into audiences who would normally shun digital music services due to audio quality. With various service providers now claiming to offer high quality tracks at premium prices, how does one know the difference in quality and is it good enough to convince the consumer to pay extra? This panel draws on the knowledge of industry experts including audio engineers, label execs, music technologists, consumer electronics experts and the producers responsible for creating some of the world’s best loved music. It seeks to answer the key questions, break down the jargon and de-myth High Resolution Audio. Questions this panel aims to answer include:

  • What is true High Resolution Audio?
  • What are the record labels doing to make more HRA tracks available for fans to enjoy?
  • What are the licensing implications for service providers?

  • Quality versus convenience – have we reached the point where we can have both?

  • Are service providers equipped to offer HRA in response to increasing consumer demand?

  • How important is hardware in the HRA ecosystem?

  • Realistically how easy is it for users to access HRA tracks over carrier networks?

  • What should the consumer look for when searching for services offering true High Resolution Audio tracks?

  • What are CE manufacturers, music companies and service providers doing to promote hi-res audio to consumers?

  • How soon will hi-res streaming services become a reality?

Moderators
avatar for Marc Finer

Marc Finer

Director, Communication Research Inc.
Marc Finer is the Founder & Director of Communication Research Inc. (CRI), a consulting group that provides strategic marketing support for emerging digital products, content and services. Prior to establishing CRI, Finer served as Product Communications Director for Sony Corporation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Ainlay

Chuck Ainlay

Music Producer/Engineer
Multiple Grammy and ACM Award-winning Producer/Engineer, Chuck Ainlay has recorded and/or mixed well over 300 albums, including work with legendary and current Country music artists such as George Strait, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou... Read More →
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Jim Belcher

VP, Technology & Production, Universal Music Group
Jim Belcher is VP of Technology and Production for Universal Music Group’s Global Digital Business division. A 19-year UMG veteran, he works with a global team to evaluate emerging technologies and identify new business opportunities on behalf of the company’s expansive roster... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Botnick

Bruce Botnick

VP, Content Acquisition, Pono Music
Bruce Botnick is an American audio engineer and record producer, best known for his work with The Doors, and with Love. He engineered Love's first two albums, and co-produced their third album, Forever Changes, with the band's singer-songwriter, Arthur Lee.In November 1970, he took... Read More →
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Maureen Droney

Managing Director, Producers & Engineering Wing, The Recording Academy
Maureen Droney is The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Managing Director.  As a recording engineer, she has worked on projects for Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Santana, including Santana’s GRAMMY-winning album Blues for Salvador, and has accumulated mix credits... Read More →
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Matt White

Director of User Experience, Omnifone
Matthew White joined Omnifone in 2005 as part of the content and product team to originally manage and advise on audio and catalogue metadata bringing industry experience into the technology startup. His background covers 18 years in the music industry as a recording and mix engineer... Read More →


Wednesday May 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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