Qobuz (pronounced CO-buzz), a commercial music streaming and download service, has named three respected executives to spearhead its impending entry into the U.S. market. The service, headquartered in Paris, has been available throughout Europefor almost 10 years. Leading the group will be Dan Mackta, a creative groundbreaker at the forefront of the evolving music business, who has been named managing director of Qobuz USA and will be based in New York. Long-time digital and music executive Ted Cohen and respected audiophile extraordinaire David Solomon have also agreed to be part of the Qobuz launch team. The Hi-Res music platform’s American debut is scheduled for this October.
Yann Miossec, Qobuz CEO commented, “We believe that the many relationships these three have made and knowledge they have gained from previous experience will serve them well in their respective roles at Qobuz. We are honored and fortunate to have them lead our entry into the American market.”
Qobuz offers the ultimate Hi-Res streaming music service, providing fans with the most in-depth and interactive experience possible. It offers an extensive music catalog of CD quality and Hi-Res (24-bit up to 192kHz) tracks. Qobuz works on Mac/iOS/Android/Windows operating systems, and it is already integrated with many of the most prestigious Hi-Fi brands.
Dan Mackta, Managing Director Qobuz USA
Mackta lives and breathes the music industry. A proven business developer with an extensive personal network across media and entertainment, he offers Qobuz wide-ranging experience in maximizing revenue by using data analytics and deep business knowledge. He has a knack for growing and leveraging relationships with labels, platforms, artists/managers, agents, and other stakeholders in the music business eco-system. His track record of successfully launching new artists and delivering results for established acts is well documented in the music industry.
Prior to assuming his position at Qobuz, Mackta was co-head of marketing for Razor & Tie Recordings in New York. He also served as Vice President, Marketing at both RCA Records and Jive Records/Zomba Label Group.
David Solomon, Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist
Solomon, whose career has spanned almost every facet of the audio industry and focused on educating the market, has joined the Qobuz USA team focusing on audiophile retailers and manufacturers. Being an early advocate of streaming music, he was also a part of the team that launched Tidal in North America building support for the service with both retailers and manufacturers.
Solomon was a co-founder of Peachtree Audio in 2005 and served as VP of sales until 2013. He helped develop Peachtree into a well-known brand that was the first to mass market integrated amplifiers and DACs specially designed for computer and streaming audio. Developing strong relationships and understanding the consumer electronics marketplace are two of his strongest assets. Other audio-related positions Solomon has had include: Global Sales and Marketing Director for Audioengine and Ambassador-at-Large for AudioQuest.
Ted Cohen, Partnerships and Marketing
Known throughout the entertainment and technology industries as “part connector/part evangelist”, Cohen is the managing partner of TAG Strategic, a digital entertainment consultancy based in Los Angeles. Ted has been instrumental in assisting Qobuz with building its team in the U.S. as well as working with the music and other industries as the company prepares for its U.S. launch.
Prior to that, he had a long and successful tenure as SVP Digital for EMI Music, where he led global digital business development and played a key role in crafting the licensing agreements upon which the iTunes Store and Rhapsody/Napster services were built. During that time, EMI led the industry embracing and exploiting new technology and business models such as digital downloads, streaming music subscriptions, and hi-definition audio. He also led new media consulting firm Consulting Adults, and has had senior positions at both Warner Brothers and Philips Electronics. He has served on the Grammy LA Board of Governors and Grammy National Trustee Board.