Beats Music Added 1K Subscribers Per Day During It’s First Month

Posted by at 10:54 am on March 20, 2014

Beats Music LogoBeats Music, the subscription streaming service started by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, signed up about 1,000 paying subscribers a day in its first month, Bloomberg is reporting. The company enrolled about 28,000 customers to the $9.99-a-month music service before free trials with AT&T Inc. (T)began contributing subscribers, said the people, who requested anonymity because the information is private. Beats Music provided the figures to investors in February, they said.

The AT&T tie-in created a pipeline of 750,000 potential subscribers who signed up for 30-day and 90-day free trials starting Jan. 31, the people said. As those trials end, more than 70 percent are converting to paid subscribers, they said. For Beats Music to eventually become profitable, the company will need at least 5 million paying customers, based on an estimate from Recon Analytics in Boston.

“My first goal is 500,000 people and we’ll kill ourselves to get there,” Iovine said in a January interview. Neither Beats nor AT&T have made any comment on the figures.

Beats Music’s strategy is to promote the service, which began on Jan. 21, through partnerships. Target Co. provided 30-day trials to some electronics and entertainment shoppers, while talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres touted Beats on air.

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