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Old 10th September 2012
Lives for gear
I think these things should be looked at more per-household rather than per listener. I don't think it makes sense that spotify only allows one simultaneous user. A teenager is not going to pay $50 a month for streaming, but for a family with a couple of teenagers and a parent who can listen to streaming music in their car during a commute or something, that might be doable. That way the teenage heavy users are subsidized by the older, light users. Most media consumption statistics seem to have traditionally been reported per household. I would be interested to know what the average american household spent on music in 1999.

Also I don't really understand what you're talking about re:undermining, etc. If anything a fair streaming model would reward depth since it obviously rewards repeat plays instead of a one time upfront purchase price that ignores longevity.