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Convenience Drives Mobile Subscription Sales, Particularly for Streaming Video On-Demand

In a July 2014 poll, 76% of smartphone owners and 55% of tablet owners have downloaded apps. Of those, 43% of mobile users paid a one-time cost for an app, according to a Harris Poll conducted for Branchfire, proving that consumers will pay for content delivered in convenient formats. The survey reported that 70% of respondents said they have downloaded 10 or more apps (free and paid), 43% downloaded 20 or more apps, and 20% downloaded…

Google Names New Subscription Music Service, Spotify Launches in Canada

There's been rumors for months that Google is planning on launching a subscription music service on YouTube, and now the rumor mill is saying the search giant plans to name the service "YouTube Music Key." The service will "offer ad-free playback, the ability to save songs and videos for offline listening, and an audio-only interface for when you're multitasking or want to have music on in the background, all for $9.99 per month," reports The Verge. Google…

New Devices Driving Paid Content and Subscription Sales

New data shows that new devices from Apple, Google and Amazon may be the key to unlocking wide adoption of paid content. The report by MiDiA Research found that consumers with devices like Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Amazon Kindle Fire TV are driving paid music and video consumption beyond early adopters into the mainstream. Streaming video subscriptions still dominate the paid content space, with 50% of consumers with these devices subscribing to services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. But…

Smart or Not? Oyster Adds Devices to Music Plans, Beats Get Exclusive Rights to...

Here's a test of your business savvy. Which one of these business decisions was smart? Case #1: Oyster, the subscription eBook service, just added Android, Kindle Fire and Nook HD tablets to its $9.95/month subscription plan at no extra cost. Previously, the service was only available on iOS. Case #2: Beats Music, which recently got acquired by Apple, got exclusive rights to a World Cup themed track featuring Jay-Z that's gone viral on YouTube. In my opinion, Case #1 is…

New Subscription Launches from Amazon Prime and Pocket

Amazon Prime is adding streaming music to its subscription service, while Pocket just launched a premium subscription service. Five music industry sources have confirmed that Amazon plans to add a streaming music subscription by July of this year, reported GeekWire. The service would provide Amazon Prime Subscribers with music six months after release, which seems like a bit of a delay (and counter to subscription marketing best practices that state that consumer media sells best when subscribers…

Friday Round-Up: HBO Go Partners With Amazon Prime, Spotify at 10M Subscribers, Social Sign-On...

Because there's too much news relevant to the subscription industry to cover today, here's a handy round-up of topics. #1. HBO GO Partners with Amazon Prime to Offer Video Streaming It looked like HBO GO was quietly looking to launch its own video streaming subscription site as it turned a blind eye to dual logins. But instead, the premium cable channel has chosen to partner with Amazon Prime to make a wide variety of its shows available to…

Beats Music Has 111,000 Paying Subscribers, 55% are Group ‘Family’ Subscribers

Beats Music, the streaming music subscription service that's currently being courted by Apple for acquisition, apparently has 111,000 paying subscribers, according to a leaked royalty report acquired by VentureBeat. More specifically, Beats has 49,371 individual subscribers paying $10 a month, and 61,621 "family" accounts that cost $15 a month and allow up to five users. That's a 55% group subscription rate on a B2C subscription service, which is impressive. Notably, Beats has far fewer subscribers than Spotify, which clocked in…

Muve Music Has 2 Million Paying Subscribers, So Why Does AT&T Want to Offload...

AT&T is looking to sell Muve Music, a subscription music service with more than 2 million paying subscribers, and one of the most successful subscription music services, according to GigaOm and The New York Times. So what gives? It turns out that Muve Music had a savvy acquisition strategy but not a good partnership or retention plan. The service was started by Leap, which launched Cricket, which ties Muve Music in with its data plan for cell phone subscribers…

Pandora Doubles Subscription Revenue to $20.4 Million

Pandora's number of premium subscribers grew to 2.5 million after the company acquired 700,000 new subscribers in Q1 of 2013, according to a recent press release, giving Pandora the largest US subscriber base of any online music subscription service. The subscription numbers  also allowed the company to garner $20.4 million in subscription revenues in the first quarter alone, a 100% increase over the $10.2 million made in subscription revenue in Q1 of 2012. CEO Joe Kennedy attributed…

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