Today, we have a new look Reddit, for the first time in forever, test the newest (and cheaper) iPad and take a closer look at Ready Player One.
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Apple Music has announced it is sponsoring a concert at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, UK starring artist Anderson .Paak on March 13, with tickets for the one-night-only event being made available free of charge from Friday morning — but don’t plan on using your iPhone in the venue.
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71 million subscribers is a big deal, and it gives CEO Daniel Ek lots of options.
It is easy to be skeptical about Spotify’s about-to-be-public business, which it thinks is worth north of $ 20 billion. So let’s do that quickly.
And here’s the quick version of Spotify’s upside, expressed by people in and around the company for years:
So there’s both sides.
And here’s the reason I am most bullish about the business Spotify has built and is building:
Those subscribers pay Spotify a bunch of money. But that’s not the most important thing about them. It’s that Spotify has a direct billing relationship with most of them.
And in 2018, running your own, large direct-to-consumer subscription business — which works on any platform or device, even those that aren’t psyched about it being there —looks like a very attractive, valuable thing.
Think Netflix. Think Amazon Prime. Think whatever service Apple keeps hinting it wants to build, one day.
You can also think of Disney, and its desire to build a giant direct-to-consumer business of its own, which is prompting a big business pivot, as well as a $ 52 billion deal to (maybe) buy most of Fox. Or think of everyone else in the media business, who are trying to figure out how they can quickly launch subscription businesses themselves.
So once you’ve built a direct-to-consumer business with 71 million subscribers, what do you do next?
I’m not sure, but there are lots of intriguing options, none of which are mutually exclusive: You can keep adding subs, which Spotify certainly intends to do. You can raise prices, though it doesn’t seem likely to do that soon, as it looks like it has been discounting to boost its growth. You can sell other services you create yourself, if you want take the risk of moving way beyond your comfort zone. And you can rent out your billing platform to other, complimentary services, as Amazon has been doing successfully to subscription video services like Showtime.
You’re smart, so you can think of more possibilities. And if I’m thinking about betting on Spotify, the more of those you can think of, the more interested I’m going to get.
Bandai Namco Entertainment just announced a new One Piece mobile game. One Piece: Bounty Rush will be coming to the West on iOS and Android this year. As expected it is a free to play game and it will feature 4v4 team based multiplayer action. The aim is to collect more berries than the opposition through multiple routes and using various gimmicks. Unlike Final Fantasy that feels like it has a new mobile game every few weeks, Bandai Namco Entertainment has been slower with One Piece mobile games. Watch the announcement trailer for Bounty Rush below:
This is a team based multiplayer battle game and of course there’s a class or character type system here. The Fighter type can overwhelm foes briskly while the Warrior is a tank like character. The aptly named Supported provides support through skills and the remaining two types are Shooter who is a ranged type and Swordsman that is a close range character type.
Bandai Namco Entertainment has begun pre-registrations for One Piece: Bounty Rush as of today through Facebook and Google Play. Depending on the number of likes on the Facebook page and pre-registrations on Google Play, rewards will be decided ranging from Rainbow Diamonds to Ingredient Packs and even 4-Star Shanks for use in game. Pre-register on Google Play here and Facebook here.
The initial trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One focused on the virtual world of OASIS, and for understandable reasons: it's a visual showcase for a crucial part of the story. However, Warner Bros. wants to remind you that re…
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