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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

More on Licensing

I'm giving licensing some real thought. I stated before that I would offer three levels of service, one free and two other levels for a fee. Now I'm thinking that I should offer this service and software for free and make money on the back end. Here's what I see as the two alternatives:

I was planning on offering premium content thought this software, but it would take some integration with content providers. I don't thing that should be very difficult technically.

If I give the software away free, I could get a larger user base faster. However I would then have to wait to get content providers on-line before any revenue came my way.

On the flip side, if I charge people for up-level service, then I could have the best of both worlds.

I guess I'm drawn to the free model because some of the competitors out there are free and work off of commisions. However their products don't seem that well thought out and kinda gimmicky. I'll keep mulling this over.


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