05 Feb Competition Drives Digital Music Services To Offer Free Music
For Many Digital Music Services, Free Is Not a Choice
By BEN SISARIO – January 28, 2013 – NY Times Media Decoder Blog
The competition among streaming music services is going global. It is also increasingly going free.
As CD and download sales cool, the music industry is looking to subscription services like Spotify, Rhapsody and Deezer to provide an attractive alternative to pirated content. But the growth of these companies has been relatively slow, and to compete against one another, more of them are opening free tiers — a move that gets attention, but has always caused worries that it could undermine the value of music.