Perhaps continuing to show that the company has almost certainly hired the right group of people to head up its less-than-two-year old music service, Billboard has today unveiled its Power 100 List – with Eddy Cue, Jimmy Iovine, and Bozoma Saint John all making the cut.
Robert Kondrk – who, together with Cue, was responsible for building iTunes into “the biggest music retailer in the United States” according to the music publication, also made this year’s Power 100 list for serving as an instrumental part in making Apple Music a success.
Apple’s trio of audio executives specifically managed to rank 4th on this year’s list of the most-powerful names in music today, as Billboard highlights that the firm’s plans to introduce original video content into its $9.99/mo Apple Music offering could be “critical” in 2017, as other services such as Amazon, Pandora and iHeartRadio continue to gain pace.
Larry Jackson, Apple’s Head of Original Content, iTunes and Apple Music, and Bozoma Saint John – Head of Global Consumer Marketing, iTunes and Apple Music each also earned a place on the list – ranking 67th and putting the executives just under that of Shazam CEO, Rich Riley.
Despite the publication’s optimism regarding Apple Music’s future citing that the service has seemingly “only scratched the surface,” and the Apple executives placing within the Top 5 of this year’s Power 100, though, Billboard notes that Cue, Kondrk and Iovine have each dropped a position compared to last year were they managed to rank #3.
Meanwhile Daniel Ek -CEO of rival streaming service Spotify– jumped 9 spots on the list to be named the most important person in music today, placing at #1.