The music is the 20th anniversary release of Soundgarden’s Superunknown album from 1994. You can listen to album samples by downloading the free app at the iTunes store. The idea behind the DTS Headphone: X format is to let you listen as a producer would.
I gave the new mix a listen via the app that is available today. I used the Beyerdynamic headphones I just completed a review of, and the sound really was terrific. The app lets you select the way you are listening; ear buds, over ear, on ear headphones, or speakers. You can hear the spatial cues move with each setting. I didn’t have the plain old 2 channel mix to compare, but the sounds of the DTS 11.1 channel mix did seem to be quite different than standard headphone listening. Rather than hear the music “in my head,” there were instruments in front of me, and arrayed to the sides and behind me. I also felt some instruments originated above me. I thought the DTS 11.1 mix did a good job of sounding likes I was listening to speakers with the instruments in real space. I’d love to hear more music released this way, as hard rock is not always the best way to judge sound quality. I’d prefer to hear some acoustic instruments to really judge the effect.
You can download the app here to test for yourself:
Gadget Lab | WIRED
Wired has a nice piece on what was announced and what is new from the WWDC keynote yesterday.
Apple’s Eddy Cue via Mark Gurman’s Live Blog:
Cue said Apple bought Beats because “music is dying. It hasn’t been growing.” He said combining the two companies will help it grow again […]
Cue said what makes Beats good is that it provides users with curated playlists.
He said: “When you bring what Beats has got and what we’ve got it’s not two plus two is four. It’s something much more than that” …
Getting your music via subscription is the future and Cue alludes to iTunes stagnant position and a new direction.
Peter Kafka Talking to Tim Cook:
We get a subscription music service that we believe is the first subscription service that really got it right. They had the insight early on to know how important human curation is. That technology by itself wasn’t enough — that it was the marriage of the two that would really be great and produce a feeling in people that we want to produce.
It’s not about the headphones. It’s about the streaming service and the talent.
As you swipe through, the captions slide out from behind photos, and the pictures move up and down along the timeline, giving the story a bit of motion. Google can add in video or automatically generated “Auto Awesome” GIFs to the timeline as well, as long as they’re in the source album. After the story ends (with a slide that says “The End,” of course), viewers can leave a +1 or a comment, or share the story if you’ve decided to share it publicly.
You can also ad a caption to each photo in your Story—Google calls them “narratives.” Google Inc. If you have any photos loaded into your Google+ account, Google will automatically sort through your pictures and turn them into stories based on when they were taken. Eidelson has photos from as far back as 2005, and the system generated stories for those old photos too.
If it works as good as it looks, Google might be onto a winner here. Automatic uploading of your photos from your iPhone/Android device with the best way yet I have seen of viewing and sharing your photo collection.