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Free Music, at Least While It Lasts

The convenience of pushing a button on a handheld device that streams wirelessly to a speaker is always going to trump hunting down a CD with marginally better sound and plopping it into a player.

Always hated CDs, opening them with barricaded shrink wrap, avoiding scratches, and the fact that they took up so much space. The only thing cool about CDs was the album art, which was a miniature version of what came in a Vinyl record.

Steve Jobs killed CDs by disaggregating the format into downloadable singles. He gave the music industry a life-line. I still wonder if Apple would’ve bought Beats of Kobs was alive though. I think he would’ve used his power to renegotiate with the big heads and put Spotify out of business.

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Freemium has run its course

Freemium is a viable model.  You’re going to have a hell of time getting people to pay for your product if you don’t have good marketing and press.

If it wasn’t for freemium, I wouldn’t have tried Dropbox nor Spotify.  Of course, I let the latter expire.   And Dropbox just doubled my cloud space.  

Freemium is the right model, for some.