From Spotify to Netflix, subscription services for content platforms are quickly overtaking my life. And I'd have it no other way. It seems like eons ago I used to buy albums from iTunes, or rent the odd movie from the service or my local video store (remember those?). But today, Spotify is my go-to service for listening to music and spoken word, and it's worth every penny of that $10.
Same with Netflix, even more so. I just consumed 13 hours of Luke Cage; that would have likely cost me $10 alone on a service such as iTunes. Plus, I've always found Netflix's UX incredibly intuitive and I've encountered zero bugs or issues with the streaming company, while with iTunes I've had several problems too boring to elaborate on here.
As a journalist concerned about my industry, I wonder if and when a Spotify for the news will emerge. A $10 all-you-can-eat-model sounds interesting in concept but challenging to execute, especially if journalists want to sustain decent income levels and charge different pay tiers for more investigative work. But I once thought iTunes was here to stay, and would be my de facto music and movie delivery service. And then everything changed with Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify and it's been a glorious streaming experience since.
I always admire digital companies that improve my experiences, without hurting my wallet too painfully. So it's exciting to me to see where entertainment services go from the Spotify-Netflix era, and how the journalism industry may be inspired by these tech giants.
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