Sony Corporation has announced the upcoming commercial availability of its 360 Reality Audio experience.
The format aims to make listeners feel as if they are immersed in sound from all directions and was launched at the CES conference in January.
Beginning in late fall 2019, listeners in the United States, Europe and other markets can access approximately 1,000 songs through Amazon Music HD, Deezer, nugs.net and TIDAL
The new format will also be available through Napster next year.
Those 1,000 songs will include work by contemporary artists like Mark Ronson and Pharrell Williams, as well as classic artists such as Billy Joel and Bob Dylan.
The service will also feature more than 100 songs recorded from an array of concerts by performers such as CHARLI XCX and Kodaline, captured through a partnership with select Live Nation Clubs & Theaters.
Sony says that is currently working with the major labels (Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group), as well as Live Nation, music distribution services and other music organizations to provide the technology for building a musical ecosystem around 360 Reality Audio, which will include the creation, distribution and playing of music content.
More music is scheduled to be added from Sony, Universal and Warner Music.
Sony also says that it’s also working with studios to prepare a content creation environment.
At present, participating studios include Battery Studios, Chiller Sound, Live Nation Content Studio in the US and The Crypt Studio in the UK. This list will be expanded over time.Music Business Worldwide