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In The Know: SoStereo's Weekly Music News Summary November 30, 2018

SoStereo's weekly music news summary with a streaming service entering the US next year and more.
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Mixcloud Signs Licensing Deal With Merlin:

Mixcloud has signed a multi-year licensing deal with Merlin Network. Merlin Network is a digital rights agency that represents independent labels. Merlin joins Universal Music and Warner as major players who have signed licensing deals with Mixcloud as the streaming service reportedly preps to launch a subscription option according to Billboard.

YouTube Launches YouTube Music Premium Student Pricing Plan:

YouTube is entering the market to poach students for their music streaming service. Normally $9.99, they have lowered the price for YouTube Music Premium to $4.99 to try and lure students enrolled in university to their service. The giant has also lowered the price of YouTube Premium to $6.99 from $11.99, however those who sign up before January 31, will be able to “lock in” a price of $5.99. Spotify has a similar package that bundles Showtime and Hulu for $4.99 and the other streaming services also have similar student rates.

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Hi-Def Streaming & Download Service Qobuz Set To Launch In US:

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Paris-based streaming and download service Qobuz is set to launch in the United States sometime “early 2019” according to Music Business Worldwide. Qobuz makes its mark by offering hi-def sound. The pricing comes in four different tiers.

Sublime+ will cost $299 per year, earning the user full hi-res streaming and 40-60% discounts on the hi-res Quboz download store. The studio tier costs $24.99 per month or $249.99 annually for unlimited Hi-Res streaming, while hi-fi streaming costs $19.99 per month or $199.9 annually for 16-bit CD quality. The premium tier, which is like other services, costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 annually for 320 kbps MP3 quality.

Qobuz was founded in 2007 and currently is in 11 European markets. It offers 40 million “cd-quality” tracks and 2 million songs up to 24-bit resolution.

Apple Music Arriving On Amazon Echo:

In another crossover between tech companies, Amazon Echo will support Apple Music starting on December 17 according to a blog post by Amazon. Just enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app, like the account and then you are good to go. From there, users will be able to access their music, playlists and curated content from Apple Music. 

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