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You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, here.

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@davekeeshan “Both free and paid users will see the cards, which are available now.” They really know how to piss off their base. Oh wait, their base doesn’t listen to their exclusives because nobody does (apart from Rogan). Carry on.

@dave Yes I am rather annoyed that the subscriber model doesn't get you ad free. However this is the wall garden "They are the gatekeepers. They're guarding all the doors. They are holding all the keys..."

@davekeeshan Which is why they will fail. So many large tech companies that are wildly successful in a single area think they can take that dominance and spread it to other areas. That never works.

Microsoft thought they could leverage their huge corporate software dominance into enterprise cloud dominance. They remain a very distant second behind AWS. I listened to a podcast yesterday with some people trying to figure out why. They couldn’t figure it out.

@davekeeshan Humans like compartmentalization. We like to have distinct areas of concern. It’s why I don’t buy my tires at Costco after I pick up groceries, even though it might save me some money.

People like their “podcast app” and their “music app” and their “navigation app” and their “weather app”. We don’t actually want them to be the same thing. If Spotify launched a killer audiobook product it would still fail against Audible for this reason.

@dave Sadly I don't know if I can agree with this completely.

I think you need to separate out the hacker class (which is us) and we are happy to have this choice and the sheeple, who will buy tires at costco, and college degrees and coffins. There are more of them than of us, and Spotify and the like want to win that market not the hacker market, they are more than happy for us to f*ck off!

Provided the user experience is good (easier said than done) they'll own 'em.

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