Jottings of note:
Not Enough of a Good Thing
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek noted in this week’s Q3 earnings call that the company has received 2-million requests to purchase Car Thing, an in-car spotify controller for Spotify Premium users. “We just can’t make enough of them to get them out there to consumers,” Ek laments.
Putting music in a podcast is no problem for a music service which already has a royalty payment system, and Amazon Music is launching Country Heat Weekly, a podcast based on the popular Country Heat playlist. Hosted by Nashville insiders Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson, the show will feature interviews and songs. Info and the trailer are HERE.
A column in DARKO reexamines the old question of whether streaming music services are fair to artsts — but from the other end of the proposition: How much consumers pay to subscribe to the services. Drawing a line from consumer subscription rates to artist payout, author John Darko doesn’t reach a conclusion, but does offer an original survey indicating that most people don’t want to pay more for streaming. READ