streaming music

Dear Bands, Stop Treating Spotify Like Netflix

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Subscription music services face a new scourge on their bottom line: “Windowing.” This vaguely creepy term stands for a practice adopted by some artists in an effort to boost album sales. Musicians such as Adele and Coldplay withhold new albums from the likes of Spotify for a period of time after release, just as there is about a month’s delay between the release of a new film and that film becoming available on Netflix. Spotify in particular hates the practice, and Spotify’s chief content officer Ken Parks told Fast Company so in no uncertain terms: Read More

Spam Wars

Amazon Gets on the Accidental Spam Bandwagon, Freaks Out Kindle Owners with Auto-Subscription Offer

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Accidentally embarrassing spam faux pas? All the cool corporations are doing it these days. A week or so after The New York Times sent out an email about cancelled home delivery that was supposed to go out to 300 people and instead went out to 8 million, Amazon committed its own spamming PR debacle.

As AllThingsD reports, Amazon had to issue an apology last night to Kindle owners who received a notice about automatic enrollment for a subscription to something called the Kindle Compass that: 1. they didn’t sign up for and 2. “would automatically continue at the monthly subscription rate” if they did nothing. Nothing like hearing that the mere act of going about your day as usual now comes with a mysterious additional fee. Read More

Tablet Wars

New York’s Publishing Set Loves Amazon’s New Kindle Fire

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There was a reason Jeff Bezos came all the way to New York to unveil Amazon’s new suite of Kindle e-readers and tablet devices. Like the iPad the Kindle is first and foremost a device for consuming media, with the new Kindles going beyond the book to offer music, television and movies as well. And the Big Apple’s high end publishers are thrilled to have a second dance partner for the party beyond Apple.

As the NY Times reports, Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet will come with a digital newsstand front-and-center where users can buy magazines and newspapers. To glossy publishers, this sounds like a haven from a digital world dominated by Angry Birds. Read More