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Is Beats Music Really Converting 70% Of Trials To Paid Subscribers?

image from www.hypebot.comYesterday we published a Bloomberg report that Beats Music added 1000 subscribers per day in its first month, and was converting 70% to paid when their free trial ran out.  Is such a high conversion rate likely? And if so, how might other digital music services achieve it?

Conversion rates vary greatly depending on the product, its eventual cost and the source of the customers. As an example, GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting reportedly convert 40-45% of free trails to paying customers. Non-credit card trials, which many of Beats Music's offerings were, typically convert just 2% – 4%. APPLES

Beats Music's offering is different, particularly when compared to it's competitors

First, its worth reminding that these numbers came from unnamed sources, albeit via a reliable news organization. The stats did not come from Beats, a privately held company with no obligation to share user numbers; and they have not commented on the Bloomberg report.

Next, these numbers – even if accurate – are very preliminary. Beats offered 30 to 90 day trials through different programs, and the service is less than 90 days old. 

Users who signed up for Beats' free trial also knew that they were just days away from having to pay for the service.  That's not true at Spotify, Rdio and most of Beats' competitors.  Only Rhapsody does not offer a near-to-unlimited free music teir supported by advertising.

Or is it possible that a 70% conversion is the result of eager early adopters, and therefore unsustainable?

We may never know if Beats Music was actually converting 70% of trial sign-ups to paid users. But we should wait awhile longer before even trying to find out.

MORE:  Beats Music Added 1000 Subscribers Daily In First Month [Report]

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  1. More likely that a high conversion is due to the AT&T bundling, which: 1) offers a big family discount; 2) integrates the charge with the phone bill, making it “feel free” more than subscribing to the stand-alone service.

  2. The small print in the footer of reads: “After free period ends, applicable monthly rates will automatically be charged to your AT&T wireless bill ($14.99/mo. for Family or $9.99/mo. for Individual).”
    The AT&T customers who sign up for the Beats Music trial must explicitly cancel to NOT automatically convert into paying subscribers. Most customers won’t remember to cancel. Those that do must figure out how to do it in AT&T’s arcane website.
    Under those conditions, 70% conversion seems completely plausible.

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