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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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”