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Hi-Res Streamer Qobuz Appoints Yann Miossec as CEO Ahead of U.S. Launch

Yann Miossec
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Yann Miossec

Ahead of its planned summer debut in the U.S., Paris-based hi-res music streaming service Qobuz has appointed industry veteran Yann Miossec as CEO. Miossec arrives from Warner Music France, where he served as executive vice president for the past 12 years and established himself as a "digital music visionary and a well-regarded industry statesman," said Qobuz president Denis Thebaud in a statement.

"Qobuz is entering a very exciting phase," Thebaud added. "In addition to our planned U.S. launch, the recent listing of Spotify on the New York Stock Exchange shows that the market is becoming more mature. The market is becoming segmented, which widens the opportunity for specialized players with a strong music presence and personality -- like Qobuz."

In addition to expansion efforts, Miossec will also lead the startup past a third round of fundraising, ending in June, as well as a possible IPO.

Founded in 2007, Qobuz bills itself as being the prime destination for hi-res streaming, offering 40 million-plus tracks in CD quality/lossless (16-Bit/44.1 kHz) and another million in an even bigger, lossless-ier format (24-Bit up to 192 kHz), all available for streaming or downloading. Qobuz also offers a MP3 quality (320kbps) option that is priced the same as its competitors (9.99/month) -- to go along with the hi-fi version (19.99/month).

"Working with this brand, promoting its projects, is my dream challenge," said Miossec, who will be based in Qobuz's Paris headquarters. "I look forward to joining these talented, creative individuals in further developing Qobuz's presence around the world."


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