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Why India Matters to Spotify, and Why it May Not Deliver

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There are two key reasons for such weak uptake to date:

1. Music plays a different role in India:Bollywood and devotional are two of the most widely listened to music genres, neither of which are mainstays of subscription services, nor streaming music consumption in general.
2. Income levels are low:the average per capita income is $553 a month, with the luxury of a music subscription far out of reach for most Indians, other than urban elites. Spotify’s $1.80 price point in India may sound cheap, but relative to average income, it is 9.3 times more expensive than $9.99 is in the US. So, Spotify would need to be priced at $0.19 to be the same relative affordability as in the US, which coincidentally is the price for its day pass.

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Warner Music and Spotify have been involved in a rather unseemly and very public spat this week over Spotify’s India launch. I’ll leave for someone else, the discussions of the potential implications of a blanket license for songwriter rights in India for an on-demand streaming service. Suffice to say, the words ‘can of worms’ come to mind. Instead, I am going to focus on why India matters so much to Spotify.

The next one billion, perhaps…

Spotify’s Daniel Ek has made much of addressing the next one billion internet users as part of Spotify’s long-term opportunity. Given the fact that China is effectively off the table for now and that sub-Saharan Africa is probably a generation away from being a major streaming market, India is the key component of that next one billion.

Europe and North America accounted for 69% of Spotify’s subscriber growth in 2018. While this…

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Written by Peter Jebsen

3. März 2019 at 21:21

Soon to be the Biggest Ever YouTube Channel, T-Series May Also Be About to Reshape Global Culture

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India is a problematic market for streaming monetization. It has 1.4 billion consumers but just 330 million of those have smartphones. There were 215 million free streaming users in 2018 but just 1 million paid subscribers despite leading indigenous players like Hungama and Saavn having been in market for years.

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Some time over the next month or so a YouTube landmark will be passed: T-Series will pass PewDiePie as the most subscribed YouTube channel on the planet. As of time of writing T-Series had 75.4 million subscribers compared to PewDiePie’s 76.4 million. (PewDiePie’s lead was narrower but he has mobilised his fan base to delay the inevitable.) But do not mistake this milestone to be a narrow measure of the shifting sands of the YouTube economy. Indeed, it tells us more about the future of streaming as a whole (both music and video) than it does the current status of sweary Swedish gamers.

For those of you who somehow do not yet know who T-Seriesis, it is a leading Indian music label and movie studio – it in fact claims to be ‘the biggest – that is the world’s largest YouTube music channel and before long it will likely be able to drop…

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24. Dezember 2018 at 20:27

Buffy goes to Bollywood: „So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?“

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„Buffy the Vampire Slayer“ turned 20 this March – and, revisiting the first two seasons, I think it has aged quite nicely.

I just ran across a funny exchange in the „Reptile Boy“ episode (S02E05), featuring Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) watching a Bollywood song & dance scene together:

Xander: Is she dying?
Buffy: I think she’s singing.
Xander: To a telephone, in Hindi. Now, that’s entertainment. – Why is she singing?
Willow: She’s sad because her lover gave her 12 gold coins. But then the wizard cut open a bag of salt and now the dancing minions have nowhere to put their big maple fish thing.
Xander: Uh-huh. – Why is she singing?
Buffy: Her lover? I thought that was her chiropractor.
Willow: Because of that thing he did with her feet? – No, that was personal.
Xander: And we thought just because we didn’t have any money or any place to go, this’d be a lacklustre evening.
Willow: I know, we could go to the Bronze, sneak in our own tea bags and ask for hot water.
Xander: Hop off the outlaw train before you land us in jail.
Buffy: I, for one, am giddy and up. There’s a kinda hush all over Sunnydale. No demons or vampires to slay. I’m here with my friends. – So, how does the water buffalo fit in again?
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30. März 2017 at 20:50

Oh, the passion! (Bollywood rock’n’roll from 1965)

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10. März 2017 at 2:05

Looking back at the 13th Indian Film Festival (Indisches Filmfestival) Stuttgart (#IFFStuttgart)

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Since 2005, I have been visiting the Indian Film Festival / Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart (my 2016 preview) almost every year. Here are short Twitter reviews of the 18 movies I was able to watch this year (sorted by rating, the highest one would have been 5 stars/*****):

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25. Juli 2016 at 22:29

My movie selection for the 13th Indian Film Festival (Indisches Filmfestival) Stuttgart (#IFFStuttgart)

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For the first time in years, I was able to thoroughly prepare for the Indian Film Festival / Indisches Filmfestival which starts in Stuttgart/Germany today.

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Shukriya, Amitabh Bachchan! (Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival)

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Big B. certainly is getting around! At the Marrakech Film Festival, he was introduced by none other than Catherine Deneuve, one of my first cinema idols:
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„Hajusom in Bollyland“: Im Multikulti-Wechselbad der Gefühle

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"Hajusom in Bollyland" auf KampnagelDas war heute ein spannender Abend auf Kampnagel: Im Rahmen des Multikulti-Kunstprojekts Hajusom zeigten junge Flüchtlinge und Migranten von 11 bis ca. 26 Jahren die Musik-Theater-Tanz-Performance „Hajusom in Bollyland“.
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13. Januar 2011 at 23:57

“When I asked you to blow, why do you suck?”

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Bollywood subtitles from hell – posted on the page „Paagal Subtitle“:

Subtitles of the movie "Andarivaadu" (2005)

Screenshot (paagalsubtitle.tumblr.com)


This fine site is a side project of the Beth Loves Hollwood blog (Twitter: bethlovesbolly).
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11. Januar 2011 at 2:05

Aparna Sen and Rahul Bose at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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There was a nice Q&A session with director Aparna Sen and actor Rahul Bose after last night’s screening of „Mr. and Mrs. Iyer“ at River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival. I asked him whether his boxing and playing rugby have been helpful to his movie career. His answer:
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