Soundbites: The Week in Audio - 12.07.19

This week we take a look at the latest Spotify app, check in with the latest developments at DCMS and Ofcom, and introduce the world’s first (maybe?) Vegan Radio Show. And don’t miss a very special treat at the bottom of this week’s edition - the Red Apple Top Five Albums of 2019 so far.

Introducing Spotify Lite

Spotify Lite is a smaller, faster and simpler version the Spotify app for Android. It can be downloaded by Free and Spotify Premium users.

Lite aims to open the brand up for millions of more people to enjoy the music they love, especially in areas with limited bandwidth and phone storage. It’s only a 10MB download and lets you set a data limit, and you get a notification when you reach it. You can also clear your cache with a single tap, meaning your phone won’t be clogged up with downloads.

Read more here.

DCMS give the ok for recent Bauer purchase

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has given the all-clear to the CMA over Bauer’s purchase of four radio groups.

The Competition and Markets Authority referred the takeover to the DCMS, saying it may raise public interest considerations, but the Director of Media at the DCMS has replied to say it will not intervene in the case.

Read more here.

Ofcom to advertise small scale DAB in early 2020

Ofcom is canvassing opinion on how to license small-scale DAB, opening the door for hundreds of new potential radio stations in the UK.

The move will enable a significantly wider range of commercial and community radio stations to broadcast on the UK’s DAB digital radio platform.

More than 700 people have already expressed an interest to run their own service, and the deadline for consultation is open until 4 October, 2019. If successful, licenses are expected early 2020.

Read more here.

Vegan Radio Show Norwich

A first of its kind Vegan radio has hit Norwich’s radio waves. It’s called Future Vegan and will cover prominent vegan news and topical issues.

One of Future Vegan producers, Clive McCann-Williams, said: "Norwich is one of the best places in the UK to be vegan - so it seemed like a no brainer for it to be represented on local radio."

The show will celebrate Norwich's thriving vegan food scene, offering restaurant tips, and also play music by famous vegan artists like Erykah Badu.

The show will run every two weeks on a Thursday and will be repeated on Saturdays.

Read more here.

Highlight of the week: The Top Five Albums of 2019 (so far)

As we reach the halfway point in the year, it seems appropriate to take stock and see what’s been blowing up all our collective smart speakers, phones, speakers, etc. So, without further ado, here’s our highlights (in no particular order):

  1. Little Simz - Grey Area
  2. Slowthai - There’s Nothing Great About Britain
  3. Thom Yorke - Anima
  4. The Foals - Part 1: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost
  5. Tyler, The Creator - IGOR
BY: Gavin Finney