5G Is Coming: So What Does This Mean for Music?

5G was the hot topic at CES 2019, with numerous companies sharing their ambitious plans. 5G has the potential to make loading websites, streaming music, and downloading up to 10 times faster than 4G. The United States isn’t expected to see the first 5G-compatible networks until 2020, but that hasn’t stopped telcos from openly bragging. For now, it’s unclear just how much the protocol upgrade will impact music-specific properties.

One quick possibility is that higher-fidelity streams can be consumed more readily, and production collaboration could be catapulted. Another impacts the live experience: with a 5G connection, companies like BASE Hologram, which has produced hologram shows featuring Amy Winehouse, Roy Orbison, and Maria Callas, could upgrade these experiences and bring them to broader audiences.

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