Nice spin. First of all, they don t buy the bundle. They simply subscribe without cost to check out the things they offer. It is common knowledge that only 10% keep using it, 30% if you think maybe Spotify. If you are going to challenge, you also have to challenge Spotify s active subscriber claims that only 30% of users are active Good luck. My bullshit is backed by evidence.
In all fairness, 60k of people subscriptions are family plans. I believe those are for five people max, so it s only a minor spin to count those as 300,000 subscribers in whole. It is certainly fairer than counting them as single subscribers, since each family subscription will probably be worth more. Granted, this adjustment still pegs the volume of subscribers around 350k short of the half-a-million figure but that gets a question of when Iovine made the comment. Unless it had been through the period this statement is good for (March) it will rather be true for a we included a family plan multiplier worth of true.
2) So far as I know, offline playback of licensed songs through Spotify s software are counted towards a user s plays. I would suspect that the premium subscriber (the only real users who is able to download songs for offline playback) using offline mode is needed to connect once ever 30 days in order for the software program to ascertain if their subscription is current, & this is where the plays can be reported. This doesn t cost Spotify anything they re still spending a similar total revenue, it only effects the variables in the algorithm Spotify uses to calculate who gets what.
It s bad enough that people have to browse the same Dre article every 48 hrs, but it s profoundly absurd which you aren t even writing anything anymore at this time. It s a couple of Ringo Starr on tour sentences having a connect to an one of the 40 articles (which might be also a couple of sentences having a link or two plus a screen cap) and possibly a picture.
Veoh was buried sometime ago, however its DMCA-riddled ghost is currently haunting Universal Music Group as well as the broader music, film, and content industries. In a reaffirming ruling just issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a young, District Court decision heavily favoring Veoh was upheld and supported. The Ninth Circuit concurred that Veoh was playing inside the bounds of DMCA protections, despite rather obvious understanding of infringing activity. The decision would have huge implications for DMCA-related cases ahead, including UMG’s ongoing war with Grooveshark (whether they can, unlike Veoh, survive the task).