$500 for the pro account with 2 TB of storage. That’s interesting… I am not saying it’s too expensive. Someone who needs 2 TB of storage is a unique customer and should expect to pay a premium. It’s just interesting 1 TB is free with ads and 2 TB is $500.
Either they hope to make a lot of money off of ads or they don’t expect anyone within a few standard deviations of a median user to use anywhere close to 1 TB.
Are you sure Yahoo has the expertise? People seemed confused by Google’s strategy at times, but their main business strategy is simple and has remained constant – hire as many of the world’s best computer scientists as possible.
A big driver of Google’s advantages is the things we never see – the plumbing behind it all. I really have no idea how good Yahoo is at delivering the same (on a technical level)
Pandora is a DMCA compliant service – no license necessary (just royalties). Spotify is not and therefore has to negotiate licenses.
If Apple wanted to launch a Pandora clone, unless they previously signed that they wouldn’t, they could today. They must want to launch a non-DMCA compliant service. (Or want to pay less than a DMCA complaint service would, but that’s unlikely)