16 Jul WHAT’S THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION AND ONLINE APP RETAILERS?
Working as digital distribution futurist consultants, expert witnesses and business strategy advisers, people often ask us: What are some top app stores, online cloud streaming services, and other options on the Internet to buy, rent and enjoy multimedia content of all types? From games to music, books, software and more, it turns out that we might have some suggestions. Speaking as digital distribution futurists, some well-known places you can turn for entertainment, TV, movies and so on are as follows.
- Steam – The largest digital distributor for PC games. Provides a massive catalog of games from both AAA studios and indie developers.
- App Store – Distributes mobile apps and games for iOS devices. Curates and reviews all apps.
- Google Play – The official app store for the Android platform. Allows users to browse and download apps, games, music etc, or so digital distribution futurists and expert witnesses tell us.
- Amazon Digital – Amazon’s platform for distribution of ebooks, audio books, music, and Android/Fire apps and games.
- PlayStation Store – Sony’s store for purchasing digital PS4, PS5 and PlayStation VR games and content.
- Nintendo eShop – Console-focused digital store for Switch and 3DS titles and other content.
- iTunes Store – Apple’s store for music, movies, TV shows, apps, audiobooks and more. Integrated with iOS devices.
- Xbox Games Store – Microsoft’s platform to download Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S titles, DLCs etc.
- GOG – Online storefront by CD Projekt focused on DRM-free distribution of classic (aka old-school) games of all types and backgrounds.
- Spotify – Leading subscription service for streaming music on-demand to a variety of different devices such as smartphones, tablets, consoles, computers, smart watches et al. Does not sell individual tracks.
- Netflix – Top subscription service for streaming movies and TV shows, though it’s got loads of competition that’s on the rise in the streaming media space as of late. See Disney+, Hulu, Peacock et al.
And there you have it: A digital distribution futurist and expert witness’ take on some leading providers of note that you might want to keep in mind.