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Higher ARPU Isn’t a Bad Thing for Apple, Alexa Turns Five Years Old, Spotify Earnings

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Higher ARPU Isn’t a Bad Thing for Apple

  • Alexa Turns Five Years Old

  • Spotify Earnings

We begin today’s email with my thoughts on the suggestion that rising Apple ARPU (average revenue per user) poses a risk for the company and a sign of Apple caving to Wall Street pressure. The discussion then turns to Alexa turning five and why Amazon’s digital voice assistant hasn’t been living up to the hype. We conclude with a look at Spotify 3Q19 earnings.

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Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 


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Apple Music’s Next Act, Music Industry Pushing Back Against Apple Bundle, Apple TV+ As a Pawn?

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Apple Music’s Next Act

  • Music Industry Pushing Back Against Apple Bundle

  • Apple TV+ As a Pawn?

We kick off today’s email with Apple’s near-term objectives for Apple Music. The email then turns to news that Apple is receiving pushback from the music industry when it comes to potentially bundling Apple Music with Apple TV+. The discussion concludes with my thoughts on Apple using Apple TV+ as a pawn to push some kind of bundle containing multiple content distribution services.

Above Avalon membership is required to read this daily update. Members can read the update here.


Above Avalon Membership

Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 

Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

  • Email Priority. Receive timely responses to email questions and inquiries.

  • Apple Earnings Model. Access my working Apple earnings model. The model is fully functional and adjustable with the ability to alter earnings drivers.

  • Archive Access. Read daily updates and reports previously sent to members. The archive can be viewed here.

  • Forum Access. Join other Above Avalon members in a forum containing in-depth discussion and Apple debate. The forum can be accessed here. Members live in 55 countries and hold a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations. I (Neil Cybart) personally moderate and oversee the forum.

  • Receive Above Avalon Weekly Articles via Email. Receive the weekly Above Avalon article via email. This feature is only available to members.

  • Member meet-ups. Meet me and other Above Avalon members to discuss Apple and other related news items. Prior meet-ups have taken place in San Francisco, Cupertino, and San Jose. Future meet-ups are possible in other cities.

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Fitbit’s Dire Situation, Spotify Earnings, Disney Earnings

Today's Above Avalon daily update includes the following stories:

  • Fitbit’s Dire Situation

  • Spotify Earnings

  • Disney Earnings

Today’s email will focus on three earnings reports from Apple competitors (Fitbit, Spotify, and Disney). We begin by discussing why it is time to begin asking the difficult questions when it comes to Fitbit’s future. The discussion then turns to Spotify and where I see things going for the company. We conclude with Disney’s results and new details regarding Disney+ bundling.

Above Avalon membership is required to read this daily update. Members can read the update here.


Above Avalon Membership

Above Avalon members receive all of my analysis and perspective on Apple. The cornerstone of Above Avalon membership is access to my exclusive daily updates about Apple.

Daily updates are 2,000-word emails that revolve around the following topics:

  • Apple business and strategy analysis.

  • Apple financial estimates.

  • My perspective and observations on current news and Apple competitors.

  • Full coverage of Apple earnings, product events, and keynotes.

If it is of interest to Apple, it is something I pay attention to. 


Member Privileges and Benefits

  • Exclusive Analysis. Receive exclusive daily updates containing my analysis and perspective, 100% related to Apple. Approximately 200 daily updates are published throughout the year. Members also receive my exclusive reports, in-depth examinations into Apple's business strategy. Each report covers one topic, and a new report is published each quarter.

  • Apple Earnings Model. Access my working Apple earnings model. The model is fully functional and adjustable with the ability to alter earnings drivers.

  • Email Priority. Receive timely responses to all email questions and inquiries.

  • Archive Access. Read daily updates and reports previously sent to members. The archive can be viewed here.

  • Forum Access. Join other Above Avalon members in a forum containing in-depth discussion and Apple debate. The forum can be accessed here. Members live in 55 countries and hold a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations. I (Neil Cybart) personally moderate and oversee the forum.

  • Receive Above Avalon Weekly Articles via Email. Receive the weekly Above Avalon article via email. This feature is only available to members.

  • Member meet-ups. Meet me and other Above Avalon members to discuss Apple and other related news items. Prior meet-ups have taken place in San Francisco, Cupertino, and San Jose. Future meet-ups are possible in other cities.

  • Above Avalon Support. Play an active role in supporting Above Avalon as an independent source of Apple analysis. Above Avalon is fully sustained by its members.

Why Apple Even Bothers with Music, Spotify Is Moving the Goalposts, Thursday Q&A

Today's Above Avalon stories: 

  • Why Apple Even Bothers with Music
  • Spotify Is Moving the Goalposts
  • Thursday Q&A

We begin today's email by going over one of the common questions that I received this week regarding Apple's music ambitions: "Why should Apple care about owning the music industry?" We discuss how Apple thinks about music and why the company is dedicating resources and time to the endeavor. The email then turns to new Spotify subscriber numbers and evidence that the company is moving the goalposts when it comes to disclosing "paid" subscribers. This has implications when it comes to comparing Apple Music to Spotify. We conclude with Thursday Q&A (questions from Above Avalon members). This week's questions:

  • Why aren't there any Apple Watch leaks?
  • Is Tim Cook being conservative with his claim that Apple Watch sales will trend like iPod with sales centered around the holidays?
  • Do you think Tesla's Autopilot should be recalled given the growing number of incidents?
  • When do you write these daily updates?

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