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Spotify Mobile: 3UK bundles with HTC Hero

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A couple of weeks ago, I pondered Spotify’s impact on music business models and suggested that mobile may have a role to play in the monetization end of it (which is, unless you’re Twitter, an inherent part of a business model indeed). It didn’t take them long: Today, the UK arm of 3 – always one of the more creative carriers –¬†announced a handset (and not a bad one either) to be bundled with Spotify Premium (i.e. on the go and no ads): users will pay ¬£99 up front, and…read more


Mobile to Rescue Music Business?!

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It seems to be music week this week: Apple running its somewhat anticlimactic “It’s only Rock’n’Roll” event today, lots of folks pondering Spotify Mobile and now this: the good folks at Forrester Research have released an interesting report entitled “Music Release Windows: The Product Innovation That The Music Business Can’t Do Without”. This is some statement. The Old Model is Broken Forrester was kind enough to let me have a glance at the report, so let me dive into its revelations and the underlying rationales, which starts off with looking…read more


Is Spotify finding the Business on the Move?

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Spotify was a breath of fresh air when it hit the markets. Finally, there was someone who combined the ease of iTunes with unsurpassed breadth in catalogue. Lots of songs. Always available. And even the ads weren’t all that bad (which is why few people upgraded to the ad-free premium version [more on this below], much to the dismay of label executives who – rightly – fail to see the greater good of dependable revenue streams from those few ads; although they are getting more, mind you). Then, back in…read more