YouTube and Spotify are testing cheaper subscription plans
YouTube and Spotify are testing cheaper, restricted subscriptions to tempt people who are not quite ready to pay $9.99 a month.
August 9, 2021
Netflix stock falls after subscriber growth misses expectations
Netflix added 2.7 million paying subscribers in the second quarter of this year; saw its revenues grow by 26% year-on-year to $4.92bn; and generated a net profit for Q2 of $271m. So casual observers may be wondering why...
July 18, 2019
Music Ally Report 397 – One Inflation Under a Groove
Lead: The price of a subscription service sits at a psychologically attractive $£€9.99 monthly fee and that helps hook users. The problem, however, is that this price point solidified in the early 2000s with Rhapsody...
November 16, 2016
Research claims music subscriptions still ‘too expensive’
Subscription-billing firm Zuora has teamed up with YouGov to produce some new research on attitudes towards paying for music in the UK, and the results may well be relevant to other markets around the world. Especially as...
October 19, 2016
Spotify wants to know what its users think of Apple Music
Peter Kafka at Re/code has published details of a survey he was sent as a Spotify user in which the company asks those on its service what they think about both Apple in general and Apple Music in particular. He works through...
July 30, 2015
Music subscription’s 250-year history
The Next Web has an interesting take on the long history of music subscription and proposes that it is far from the new and shiny thing we think it is today. Rather the “promise of on-demand access to a vast library (for...
July 27, 2015
Majors threaten to turn off the YouTube tap
Thus the Freemium War rumbles on. At the start of the year, Universal, Sony and Ministry Of Sound all came out with their baseball bats to chase free (or, more specifically, “bad” free) down the street. Much of the resulting...
July 25, 2015
Netflix now has 65.6m subscribers globally
Netflix announced its latest financial results yesterday, reporting that its subscriber total has grown to 65.6 million people, having added 3.3 million in the second quarter of 2015 alone. Netflix’s revenues for Q2 were...
July 16, 2015
Google exec claims streaming exclusives are harmful
It’s been clear for some time that we’re about to enter a battle royale for streaming exclusives, with Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and other rivals scrapping for (at least) early access to key songs and albums by major...
July 15, 2015
Spotify’s US lobbying efforts may be focusing on Apple Music
Earlier this year, it emerged that Spotify had appointed four Washington lobbying firms to cover different aspects of its business (Bulletin, 16-Apr-15). Now it seems at least one of them is earning its fee, according to...
July 14, 2015
Ad-free YouTube launch ebbs further away towards the horizon
Reports are suggesting that YouTube’s planned ad-free tier has run into serious licensing barriers and its launch date is being pushed back again and again. The Information apparently has, well, the information behind this...
June 29, 2015