For the most part, streaming services are sector-specific.
Spotify, Apple Music and the rest in music, Netflix and its rivals in video, and various experiments around cloud-based and/or subscription gaming and e-reading.
We’ve been wondering for a while whether there would be more moves to combine several of these categories: Amazon Prime does it under its membership, but Apple and Google clearly have potential to offer ‘all-in-one’ subscriptions in the future too.
Anyway, all this is an introduction to Playster, a Montreal-based startup that’s already working on this idea. Its service offers e-books and audio-books, music, films and games, and the company has just agreed a deal with 7digital to give its music offering a boost.
Playster said the partnership comes ahead of a relaunch for its music catalogue, promising ‘the addition of millions of songs from both major label and indie artists’.
We’ll be interested to see whether it catches on, although the looming potential of Apple, Google and Amazon makes us question whether a startup will be able to compete in the all-in-one space in the long term.