i (slice two - don’t think i’m speaking for both of us) have a bit of a rant on this whole app thing (and it’s a bit all over the place):
i think the app is a waste of time for the most part. i’d rather the time spent making more music, managing the artist and labels better, and touring much much more. i was super excited to see that shpongle was coming to philly until i found it that it’s only a DJ set. things like that, and album delays, are frustrating, and an app for my smart phone isn’t going to make that any better. i agree that there needs to be more fan interaction, but that’s what forums and things like twitter and facebook are for.
im of the “old school” camp that still buys physical music product. i don’t stream music except the occasional pandora station when i’m bored. i have spotify on my computer and have used it a total of 3 times for 3 songs. i miss the days of amazing album packaging and physical media. the twisted artists lend themselves to amazing packaging (think some of Tool’s artwork and packaging styles on twisted releases). the app will be neat, but i feel like it will lose it’s appeal for many people, especially those that are getting tired of managing so many different subscription services, not to mention having their cell services data usage being hit by streaming.
and on the tune of streaming, if an app is going to stream music that is of any good quality (which is especially needed for tunes like twisted’s) it’s going to take up so much data service that people will start going over their limits.
one thing the app would be cool for is if it gives you the stems of twisted tracks so you can remix them… of course, then i’d just be pissed that i couldn’t get those stems on my computer to remix properly
as for the exclusive tracks, if i can’t own the track on my computer and burn it to my own cds or ipods, then i won’t check it out. as i said before, i want to own my music. i want to put it on my old school ipod and play it in my car on my road trips. if i have to stream everytime i want to hear some super special exclusive track, i’ll just get bitter and cranky
of course, we haven’t even seen the app yet, so this is all the speculation of someone getting tired of the music business trying to do things that aren’t really about the music, but instead about everything else (not twisted specifically, just music in general).
however, to answer the question, i honestly wouldn’t pay more than $10/US a year for a subscription service to one particular label, especially if i won’t be able to download anything to my own computers/ipods/etc.