Issue 562: Qobuz is Here, Almost…; The Strange Appeal of Spotify’s Annual Wrap-Ups; Apple Music Connect is Nixed

Ready or Not, Qobuz Is Here, Almost...
Ready or Not, Qobuz Is Here, Almost… audiophilereview.com

Paul Wilson reports on Qobuz – pricing, availability and a comparison to Tidal…

The Strange Appeal of Spotify's Annual Wrap-Ups
The Strange Appeal of Spotify's Annual Wrap-Upswww.theatlantic.com

Data collection to believe in.

Apple Music Connect Is Being Discontinued
Apple Music Connect Is Being Discontinuedvariety.com
The music service’s social feed is being phased out.

Music Industry Influencers Debate Blockchain's Business Impact In 2019
Music Industry Influencers Debate Blockchain's Business Impact In 2019www.forbes.com
Here’s how blockchain will impact music from your favorite artists in the coming year – or not.

AM/FM Still Important To Marketers But Be Quick About It, Says Pandora
AM/FM Still Important To Marketers But Be Quick About It, Says Pandorawww.alistdaily.com
The car radio is still a major source of audio consumption, but it is not immune to a growing intolerance for commercials—in fact, AM/FM is more vulnerable. According to a…

Spotify still pays artists out of one big 'pot'. Should the company change its policy?
Spotify still pays artists out of one big 'pot'. Should the company change its policy?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

The debate over Spotify payments to artists is far from over.

Radio's Best Defense Against The Future
Radio's Best Defense Against The Futurejacobsmedia.com
The best way for radio to defend the future is to lean into it. Welcome to the world of robots.

Seven music apps to turn your Apple Watch into an audio controller
Seven music apps to turn your Apple Watch into an audio controllerwww.popsci.com
It’s time to load up your new Apple Watch with audio apps. This selection will give you easy access to your tunes, identify songs, queue up podcasts, and more.

Why has Sony Music just launched a streaming service (and Spotify rival) in Japan?
Why has Sony Music just launched a streaming service (and Spotify rival) in Japan?www.musicbusinessworldwide.com

According to IFPI data, Japan was the second biggest recorded music market in the world last year.

T-Series Poised To Reshape Global Culture As Biggest YouTube Channel Ever
T-Series Poised To Reshape Global Culture As Biggest YouTube Channel Everwww.hypebot.com
T-Series, the biggest global music label and and movies studio that you’ve likely never heard of, is within weeks of surpassing PewDiePie as the world’s biggest YouTube Channel with more than 75 million subscribers. It’s also the company that Spotify just cut a deal with as its preps entry into…

Data usage, mobile penetration drive online music streaming cos’ growth
Data usage, mobile penetration drive online music streaming cos’ growthwww.financialexpress.com
The growth of streaming services is indicative of consumers preferring legitimate streaming over pirated music, primarily for a superior, convenient, multi-device hassle-free experience.

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