Peter Kafka

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Spotify May Have 70,000 Paid Subscribers a Week After U.S. Launch

All that publicity — and all those free invitations — looks to have worked for Spotify: Billboard editor Bill Werde says his sources estimate that the music service has 70,000 paid subscribers just a week after launch. For context: The service says it has 1.6 million paid subscribers after two years of operation in Europe. If American users follow the European pattern, they will have overwhelmingly signed on for the service’s $10-a-month option.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus