Issue 553: Qantas Ditches In-Flight Music; Apple Music Reportedly Tops 56m Subscribers; Tencent Music Set for $25B Listing

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Qantas to Get Rid of In-Flight Music

The Aussie flagship carrier has announced that it will become the first major airline to get rid of all music in its inflight entertainment program this week.

Apple Music reportedly tops 56m subscribers, up 6m in the past six months

Apple Music continues to grow its subscriber base around the world – but it’s not adding enough each month to cause Spotify too many sleepless nights.

What's The Actual Business Case For Virtual Reality In Music?
The vast majority of high-profile musical VR applications released to date have not truly taken advantage of VR’s unique capabilities as a technological medium.

Spotify unwraps weird listening habits for global end of year ad campaign
Spotify unwraps weird listening habits for global end of year ad campaignwww.thedrum.com
Spotify has a rich trove of user listening habits in its locker and it has seen success, both at awards and from consumers, in digging them out and exposing quirky behaviours.

China's Tencent Music set for $25bn listing in New York
China's Tencent Music set for $25bn listing in New Yorkwww.bbc.com
Tencent revives its New York float that was postponed in the wake of the US-China trade war.

JioSaavn App Launched, Jio Users Get 90 Days Complimentary Saavn Pro Access
JioSaavn App Launched, Jio Users Get 90 Days Complimentary Saavn Pro Accessgadgets.ndtv.com
JioSaavn is finally here. To recall, back in March, telecom giant Reliance Jio had revealed its planned acquisition of Saavn.

Apple, Facebook, Uber and Goldman Sachs trust this exec's company with their data. Now, he's turning his attention to the music industry.
Apple, Facebook, Uber and Goldman Sachs trust this exec's company with their data. Now, he's turning his attention to the music industry.www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The executive behind a data management tool relied upon by global giants like Apple, Facebook, Uber and Goldman Sachs believes he’s created the solution to the headaches of millions of recording artists.

The Subscription Model: What’s All the Hype?
The Subscription Model: What’s All the Hype?yucommentator.org

When it comes to the subscription model of business, customer retention is key in order to maintain the glorious recurring revenue stream.

In a rare move, Apple is partnering with Amazon to let you control Apple Music with Alexa
In a rare move, Apple is partnering with Amazon to let you control Apple Music with Alexawww.cnbc.com
Apple has traditionally kept its services and voice-enabled skills close, and kept rival services like Spotify and Amazon’s music streaming service at arms length. 

Satchmo Goes Digital
Satchmo Goes Digitaljazztimes.com
The complete archives of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York are now available online.

Spotify 'doing a Netflix': is Daniel Ek's platform already too big for the labels to stop it?
Spotify 'doing a Netflix': is Daniel Ek's platform already too big for the labels to stop it?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

Spotify’s Daniel Ek is betting big on developing a ‘two-sided marketplace’ for music.