Issue #480: Qobuz vs. Tidal in the Battle of Hi-Res Streaming; How Sonos is Building the Audio Internet; What’s Driving Canada’s Increased Music Streaming?


Qobuz and Tidal – The New Battle of the Hi-Rez Streaming Services

Steven Stone wonders if the U.S. is about to see a BETA/VHS deja-vu cage-match between Qobuz and Tidal…

How Sonos Is Building the Audio Internet
How Sonos Is Building the Audio Internetwww.wired.com
In an exclusive interview, Sonos’ chief product officer Nick Millington charts the company’s history and hints at where it could go in the future—like outside your house.

Spotify is falling behind on lyrics and voice
Spotify is falling behind on lyrics and voicetechcrunch.com

Spotify’s lack of full lyrics support and its minimal attention to voice are beginning to become problems for the streaming service. The company has been so focused on the development of its personalization technology and programming its playlists, it has overlooked key features that its competitors – including Apple, Google, and Amazon – today offer and are now capitalizing on.

What’s driving Canada’s increased music streaming?
What’s driving Canada’s increased music streaming?mediaincanada.com
Sales are down, even on digital, but that means good things for ad-supported platforms like Spotify and YouTube.

Discogs Analysis Shows Continued Vinyl, Cassette Growth
Discogs Analysis Shows Continued Vinyl, Cassette Growthwww.hypebot.com

Discogs has released their 2018 Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis & Database Highlights. The report emphasizes physical musical sales for both catalog and new releases, comparing them to broader industry stats from Neilson.

Deezer reveals Madonna’s most streamed songs as she turns 60
Deezer reveals Madonna’s most streamed songs as she turns 60 www.independent.ie
Eighties classics from Madonna’s back catalogue are amongst her most popular hits in the year she turns 60, figures from Deezer have shown.

T-Mobile Is Giving Customers Free Music – Because Everyone Else Is
T-Mobile Is Giving Customers Free Music – Because Everyone Else Iswww.rollingstone.com

Wireless service provider’s 75 million customers get some big music perks.

Let's Rename the Hobby of Audiophilia
Let’s Rename the Hobby of Audiophiliaaudiophilereview.com

Jerry Del Colliano wonders what’s in a a name…

Public Radio Networks to Merge in Big Bet on Podcasts
Public Radio Networks to Merge in Big Bet on Podcastswww.wsj.com
Public-radio companies PRX and PRI are merging in a bid to capitalize on the surging popularity of podcasts and other digital formats as listeners and content creators migrate away from traditional broadcast radio.

How to Get Six Months of Apple Music for Free Through Verizon
How to Get Six Months of Apple Music for Free Through Verizonlifehacker.com
Verizon has announced that customers on any of its three unlimited data plans are getting 6 months of free Apple Music. And if you already subscribe to Apple’s streaming music service, don’t worry, you’re included too.

Can Digital Audio Be Big For Branding? Bacardi Experiments With SoundCloud To Find Out
Can Digital Audio Be Big For Branding? Bacardi Experiments With SoundCloud To Find Outadexchanger.com

Bacardi sees a big branding opportunity in digital audio.

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