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  • May 04, 2019

    Spotify, Streaming Battles, Huawei TV, Summer is Coming | #203

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    The world of streaming is in a tumultuous period. Many Netflix competitors are entering the market, pure-music companies like Spotify are having trouble generating revenue, and Game of Thrones is ending! Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, and Audio and Musical Instrument Writer for The Wirecutter, SoundStage! Solo, JazzTimes, Brent Butterworth, discuss Spotify and their apparent subscriber gains amidst their capital loss. Is there a way back for Spotify? Or is their business model too narrow to be financially advantageous? We also chat about the competition Netflix is soon to face with players like Disney Plus, Apple, and others throwing their lot into the mix. Disney is likely the biggest threat to Netflix’s video streaming dominance. How do companies like HBO factor into the equation, with their flagship series ending soon? In other news, Huawei has announced they will be releasing a 8K 5G television that has us wondering “who even needs this?” We close out the show with a look at the constant onslaught of small audio-based trade shows that keep Brent busy throughout the year, and how more companies are moving away from trade show giants like CES in favor of these smaller venues. Tune in to learn more about these topics and more!

     

    ·[00:00:00] Spotify Gains Subs, Loses Money
    ·[00:07:43] Where Does Spotify Go From Here?
    ·[00:12:30] Netflix, HBO, Game of Thrones’ Legacy
    ·[00:19:52] Disney Plus, Apple TV, Netflix, YouTube
    ·[00:27:32] Huawei 8K 5G TV, and Huge Televisions
    ·[00:35:53] Summer Tech and Trade Shows

     

    [00:00:00] Spotify Gains Subs, Loses Money
    Spotify has become the frontrunner in a crowded industry, but while their subscriber numbers are up, their revenue stream is still negative! Writer and Editor for The Wirecutter, SoundStage! Solo, and JazzTimes, Brent Butterworth, and Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, discuss their approaches to music consumption. Brent gets 90% of his digital music from Spotify and couldn’t be happier with their catalog of jazz and classical music that is otherwise near-impossible to find. On the other hand, Geoff thinks Spotify vastly under pays artists and has decided to go the route of digital album purchases and dedicated music players, like the iPod Touch. Also, we examine what makes other digital music providers revenue streams flow, like Google, Amazon, and Apple. They all have one thing in common that Spotify doesn’t: music isn’t their main gig. Can Spotify turn their cash loss into a monetary gain in time to save the company?

     

    [00:07:43] Where Does Spotify Go From Here?
    With revenue numbers on the decline, Spotify is in a tough situation. Writer and Editor for The Wirecutter, SoundStage! Solo, and JazzTimes, Brent Butterworth, and Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, examine the path forward for Spotify, and the competition on the road ahead. Brent declares Google Music a failure for good reason, and fills us in on hi-fi streaming services like Qobuz and Tidal. Will Spotify have to adopt a Netflix-like approach to streaming by having artists release their albums through them to address their content ownership problem? Or will they just get gobbled up by an opportunistic company with a history of struggling in the music business (*cough* Google!)? Tune in as we chat about the future of Spotify.

     

    [00:12:30] Netflix, HBO, Game of Thrones’ Legacy
    The TV streaming industry grows ever more crowded. With Disney Plus and other players jumping in we wonder how Netflix will fare in the new landscape. Writer and Editor for The Wirecutter, SoundStage! Solo, and JazzTimes, Brent Butterworth, and Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, chat about the decision of HBO’s original visionary, Richard Plepler, to leave the company, and how the conclusion of Game of Thrones may affect HBO’s subscriber base. Will we ever see a show the likes of Game of Thrones again?

     

    [00:19:52] Disney Plus, Apple TV, Netflix, YouTube
    Are the executives at Netflix quivering in their boots yet? How will the impending tide of streaming services like Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, and a potential offering from Warner Media affect Netflix’s subscriber count – and checkbook? Writer and Editor for The Wirecutter, SoundStage! Solo, and JazzTimes, Brent Butterworth, and Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, weigh in saying that long-established content creators like Disney and HBO have a leg up on their competition. Also, the kind of content Disney Plus will offer is sure to turn their subscription into a mandatory monthly bill for most parents around the world. Will you drop Netflix for Disney Plus, or just take the extra $9 per month to the wallet?

     

    [00:27:32] Huawei 8K 5G TV, and Huge Televisions
    Huawei recently announced their intention to release an 8K 5G enabled television, and we just have one question: why? As Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, points out, nobody has this problem! The amount of people in the world who have a 5G connection but don’t have access to cheaper, faster wi-fi connections around the world can only number in the dozens. Then, Writer and Editor for The Wirecutter, SoundStage! Solo, and JazzTimes, Brent Butterworth, recalls the time he flew out to a PR event for the 102 inch Panasonic Plasma television. Samsung has similarly released a $70,000, 98 inch television recently, but we wonder who this product is for? Are you a potential purchaser of one of these monstrously large televisions?

     

    [00:35:53] Summer Tech and Trade Shows
    As we wrap up the show we look forward into the year-round life of a Writer and Editor for The Wirecutter, SoundStage! Solo, and JazzTimes. Brent Butterworth discusses the constant stream of new products and regionalized and international trade shows. Are audio companies starting to find smaller trade shows more favorable than the behemoths like CES? Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, says that while some companies are dropping out of CES, it ultimately doesn’t matter, as there is always another company to fill the slot. Tune in for more.

     

    Explore More with Helpful Links:

    ·Contributor: Geoffrey Morrison | Freelance Writer/ Editor/ Photographer, CNET/ The New York Times

    ·Contributor: Brent Butterworth | Audio and Musical Instrument Writer/ Editor, The Wirecutter/ SoundStage! Solo/ JazzTimes

    ·Website: Amazon

    ·Website: Google

    ·Website: Apple

    ·Website: Disney Plus

    ·Website: Spotify

    ·Website: Netflix

    ·Website: CES

    ·Website: Game of Thrones

    ·Website: HBO

    ·Website: Huawei

     

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    Credits

    Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Cody Castleberry
    Audio Engineer: Cody Castleberry
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Contributor: Geoffrey Morrison
    Contributor: Brent Butterworth

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