Steam, the online gaming arm of Valve, has added music to it's platform. That may not seem like big news until you realize that steam has a user base of 65 million with as many as 6-7 million using its online gaming platform at any given time. For now, Steam Music allows users to play their music within their gaming console. That's certainly a nice feature for gamers, but the real potential for music lies if - or perhaps more realistically, when - Steam adds in-player music sales and/or streaming. Beats, Rdio, Deezer and Spotify all want to scale quickly,...
Google has narrowed the gap with Apple in the amount spent on apps by users of its Android system this year, even though users of Apple’s iPhone and iPad remain the biggest spenders on digital content.
Jake Batsell seems to think so, saying that while advertising-driven models of digital journalism aim to maximize page views, when news organizations introduce online subscriptions "it reconfigures the benchmarks for success."
Which leads to the question: What are online readers willing to pay for digital content?
Pandora pushed for a law to equal the playing field when it comes to the rates that different types of radio service must pay to license content, but it came up short. The outcome could hurt the service when its current contracts expire in 2015.