Auratone successfully defends trademark against Behringer parent company Music Tribe


Nashville-based Auratone LLC has successfully defended its trademark against Behringer parent company Music Tribe in a dispute over the Auratone name. The US District Court for the District of Nevada issued its judgment on 23 July, allowing Auratone LLC to continue using its mark exclusively on its products.

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According to a timeline of events posted by CDM in a news article, Music Tribe began selling its own products under the Auratone brand in 2018, leading Auratone to file a trademark infringement complaint which eventually led to last week’s arbitration decision.

Music Tribe previously registered the Auratone trademark as its own on 13 April 2014, prompting Auratone to file a protest on 11 June 2014, as well as its own trademark application that same day.

Up until the court’s decision last week, the rightful user of the mark was up for debate. Jack Wilson, the founder of Auratone failed to renew the trademark in 2014, a year before his death at the age of 84.

Wilson first used the Auratone mark in the late 50s when he was sold speakers built by hand in his Los Angeles home. He filed for the Auratone trademark in 1963. In the 70s, he established Auratone Corporation with his wife and son and also added his daughters to the business.

Following Wilson’s death, Auratone’s inventory was passed on to his daughters and subsequently to his grandson, Alexander Jacobson, the current Owner and President of the family-owned business.

A court document sent by Jacobson to MusicTech stated the court’s decision to award the trademark to Auratone. It also stated Music Tribe can continue to use the name Behritone, which it has been using on reproductions of Auratone monitors.

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Native Instruments Release Glaze – Play Series Instrument


Glaze was built in collaboration with Curtis “Sauce” Wilson and Rochad Holiday from an early prototype created by the LA producers for studio sessions with pop and R&B vocalists…

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Spotify and GIPHY are helping users connect with new music using GIFs


Spotify has found a new way to encourage fans to engage with their artists on the platform: GIFs. The streaming giant has teamed up with GIPHY to embed artist Spotify pages into GIFs and allow users to discover new music.

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GIFs are a popular feature of instant messaging apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat and more, with GIPHY being one of the integrated databases among them. With the new Spotify-linked GIFs, users can send looped clips of Doja Cat, The Weeknd, Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, The Kid LAROI and Conan Gray and be taken to their respective Spotify pages with a single tap. More artists are expected to arrive soon.

Although GIPHY can be used within some apps already, it appears Spotify GIFs aren’t available via supported apps. Instead, users will have to head to or GIPHY’s mobile apps to locate the artist’s official GIPHY channel and share a GIF from there. Once the suitable clip for the conversation has been found, users can tap the “Listen On Spotify” button and can be taken to the artist’s Spotify page.

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It’s not exactly streamlined right now, but perhaps the two companies are envisioning a time in which GIFs shared from any platform can essentially be monetised with a Spotify link. Spotify says that this is part of a wider partnership with GIPHY, which suggests that we may see more interactive features come to fruition.

The new feature arrives as users await the launch of Spotify HiFi. The high-fidelity listening tier has been in the works since early 2021, and various leaks have suggested that the service is about to drop.

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Where’s Donda: the Internet reacts to Kanye West’s missing album


It’s happened again. Kanye West has missed the scheduled release date for his much-anticipated 10th studio album yesterday, leaving fans to awake today to find: no Donda.

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West premiered Donda to 42,000 fans at a listening party at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia and livestreamed the event on Apple Music.

As expected, the album’s non-launch has prompted both disappointed and amused reactions online, with some fans took to West’s latest Instagram post to comment. “Did we seriously just get finessed again,” one disappointed fan wrote.

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West and his crew were rumoured to have been working on Donda even after its premiere at the listening event. Producer Malik Yusef seemingly confirmed this in an update he shared to Instagram earlier today (24 July): “Still working but almost done, we appreciate y’all patience on bro nem #DONDA #badkids #goodmusic”

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Podcaster Ross Bolen suggested legal clearance for the samples and features on Donda could be part of the reason for the delay.

“Kanye was writing and collecting features right up until the listening party began,” Bolen wrote in a tweet. “which means it’ll be a while before those features and samples are cleared legally for release, which means we have no idea when anyone will actually be able to stream it.”

Kanye was writing and collecting features right up until the listening party began, which means it’ll be a while before those features and samples are cleared legally for release, which means we have no idea when anyone will actually be able to stream it.

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Kanye West Debuts Donda Album in Atlanta in All Red Yeezy x Gap Look + Kim and Khloe Kardashian Attend in Rick Owens


Kanye West is back at it again! He debuted his 10th studio album, Donda, last night in Atlanta in an all red Yeezy x Gap look, styled by Brookelyn Styles:

Kim Kardashian and kids were in attendance, along with Khloe Kardashian.

Kim and Khloe looked bomb in Rick Owens looks:

I haven’t downloaded Donda yet, but will be downloading today! Have you heard it? Hot! or Hmm..
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Kimora Lee Simmons Spied with Ming and Aoki Lee Simmons Wearing Pink Dior, Neon Boohoo Plisse Top, and More!


Kimora Lee Simmons grabbed dinner at Catch LA with Daughters Ming and Aoki Lee Simmons.

So cute! While Kimora accessorized her look with a $4,200 Dior saddlebag, while daughter Aoki posed in a little black dress, and Ming worked pieces from her collection with Boohoo:

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They look great! What say you?

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Sony’s flagship HT-A7000 soundbar comes ready for Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio


Sony has announced the HT-A7000, its powerful new flagship soundbar capable of delivering immersive audio in Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio formats. Along with this, the brand also announced the HT-A9 four-speaker setup.

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The HT-A7000 is an immersive 7.1.2-channel system that bounces audio around the room to create an atmospheric experience. It does this through seven front speakers positioned at ear-level, a dual-subwoofer system and two up-firing speakers. In-built protocols help translate “regular audio” into immersive formats.

There are also options for rear and subwoofer add-ons, which are able to detect one another in order to provide better field coverage.

Gamers will be pleased to know the soundbar supports 8K, 4K/120fps passthrough – as well as Dolby Vision – to match the on-screen action responsively. Meanwhile, it also supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Chromecast, Spotify Connect and Apple Airplay.

The HT-A9 on the other hand is a four-speaker home theatre system fitted with spatial mapping talents. You’re meant to position each one of the cylindrical speakers in the corners of your living room and let the system calibrate itself. All four map to a central control unit.

The HT-A9’s speakers also don’t have to be positioned at the same height and can thus blend into their environments better. Sony demonstrates in this promotional picture which gives us strange Dora The Explorer flashbacks – can you find the speakers?

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Sony’s new home theatre systems are due out in September/October. The HT-A7000 is priced at $1,300 while the HT-A9 setup will cost $1,800.

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5 Celebs Who Believe There is Too Much Pressure to Look Good


The pressure to look good has never been greater, especially when it comes to those in the spotlight – their bad hair days or un-stylish outfit choices are harshly criticized and it often feels like they’re treading on thin ice as the media have a tenancy to nitpick about every detail just to make a story. Plenty of stars thus end up going under the knife to try and stay youthful, while others might feel like they need to diet all the time to reach an ideal weight. Realizing you just can’t please everyone, these celebrities have spoken out on the pressure to always look picture-perfect believing it sets a bad example and is simply impossible to maintain.

Britney Spears

Britney believes there is a way too much pressure to be perfect: ”I think there is a pressure for girls to have the right nose, the right body and you are your environment so it becomes contagious when you get in that environment. You actually become that yourself, so it’s important to keep cool people around you to keep you grounded.”

Emma Watson

Emma believes there is a big expectation to live up to a certain look: “I do worry about the expectation to look a certain way. I find LA quite scary because of that – all those young people having plastic surgery. But the thing is, I don’t want to look like everyone else.I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her bodyand can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything. It’s ridiculous that seems such an unrealistic goal. I think the actresses who are really successful are the ones who are comfortable in their own skins and still look human.”


Janet Jackson

Janet thinks Hollywood is providing negative role models: “It’s crazy. So then for the kids, for them to look up and think this is what I want to look like or think they have to look like and want to go on a diet from a very young a… Read More

5 Celebrities Who Dream of Completing College


These 5 celebrities all say they would love to have the full college experience and feel as though they missed out because they skipped over either going to college in the first place, or completing their full time at college. Some say they would love to go to college when they get to take a break from their career, while others know it’s probably just a dream but it’s still something they wish they could have done when they had the chance.

Anne Hathaway

Anne completed some college and would love to return to finish it off: “I finished two (years) and I’m hoping that I get back. The last time I went to college was in between Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada and I’ve been really busy since then.”

Michelle Williams
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Michelle would love to have the college experience: “I just thought he was really cool to be around. I didn’t really go to school, I didn’t go to college, my high school diploma is like, a little bit questionable… My daughter has actually said that she would like me to go to college with her… and I’m sure she won’t change her mind! It is a very lovely idea… I have been struggling with some of her grammar homework recently.”

Kate Bosworth

Kate would love to take a break from her career to go to college: “I’m going to take a bit of time for me because I’ve been working so much. I’m hoping to go to Princeton. I’m totally in love with what I do, but it’s not the only thing that fulfils me. I took a psychology class in high school and I was blown away by it. The older I get, the more I want to go back to school, which is funny because people would say the more years have passed, the further away it seems. It’s actually the complete opposite for me. I’m sure it’ll work balancing college and work. Everything sort of does, doesn’t it?’&#8221… Read More