“Last year, Apple finally got into the subscription music business,” Peter Kafka writes for Recode. “Time to try it again.”
“Apple is expected to roll out an overhaul for its Apple Music service at its WWDC event Monday, aimed at making ‘it more intuitive to use,'” Kafka writes. “That’s good, because Apple Music needs some help: Its first effort was surprisingly confused — especially from a company that famously waits for other people to take a stab at something, then shows up with a much better version.”
“But even if Apple Music gets much, much better, there’s no reason to think Apple Music’s trajectory will get any better. Because even if Apple offers a service that’s as good as Spotify, or better, it’s still going to be selling the same thing: All the music you can stream, for $10 a month,” Kafka writes. “At this point the main difference between Spotify and Apple Music is that Spotify has 30 million paying subscribers and Apple has 13 million. Apple will argue in public that 13 million is not too shabby for a service that didn’t exist a year ago; privately, music label executives who talk to Apple executives report that the Apple guys are disappointed.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple owns the platform. Spotify doesn’t. Guess who wins in the long run?
That said, this is going to be a long, long run. As we wrote last August: We’re still amazed this thing came out of Apple and we’re hoping for a massive overhaul of the whole iTunes+Apple Music desktop mess ASAP. At least give us some consistency between how we deal with music on our Macs vs. on our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. (Shouldn’t it be “how we enjoy music,” not “how we deal with music?” Unfortunately, with iTunes it too often feels like a chore.)
And, despite [Eddy] Cue’s claims of being “thrilled,” doesn’t 11 million seem a bit paltry for a free trial that launched in over 100 countries over a month ago? 11 million free trial users? That’s it? With more than 1/3rd of the trial period now gone? This might be a harder sell than most, including Apple (with their rumored goal of 100 million subscribers), initially thought.
And, as we wrote in February when Apple Music got to 11 million paying members: The level of impressiveness depends on your perspective. Apple Music launched in over 100 countries. That’s an average of fewer than 110,000 subscribers per country since last June. Maybe there just aren’t that many true music lovers out there? It seems like most people are happy enough to be music dabblers for the price of free, even among well-heeled Apple users.
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