A record-breaking 1.76 billion iOS and Android apps were downloaded the week of December 25th-31st alone, according to Flurry Analytics, with an estimated 89 percent of the 45.6 billion total downloaded in 2012 available completely for free
Crosby, Stills and Nash have released an iPad app developed by Contendis that allows fans to subscribe to exclusive content, updates and premium fan features. Think online fan club without access to concert tickets. The band is calling it the first subscription-based iPad app for a recording artist to be approved for sale in the Apple App Store. The app is free to download. A subscription costs $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year and can be purchased within the app.
For some, maybe, Apps are the next CDs…?
Wired, for its part, hasn’t found enough advertiser demand, Mr. Mittman said. “I’m interested in ways to bring advertisers in front of our community,” he said. “When Flipboard becomes that, I would love to reengage and reinvigorate our product. Until then, we have to wait and see and not allow intermediaries to build their own platforms without direct monetizable benefit back to us.
If Apple is going to create a true platform out of Apple TV, as I believe it will, the advertising-driven business models of the broadcast networks and the subscription + advertising models of the cable companies will exist side-by-side—and compete head-to-head—with new models.