As for stock images - either high end or the WalMart way - there have hardly been any heartbreaking innovations, moving us to tears, on the supplier side lately - those worth to mention are merely PhotoXPress (1) and PixMac (2 - as the initial idea of a microstock photo portal), both are already older than 18 months, and Flickr´s "Request to License" feature (through Getty Images).
With respect to the business and product environment, the market positioning of the "new" Photos.com with 2.5 million RF images is interesting: "Subscriptions start as low as $19 per week (or $0.19 an image) for 100 downloads per week and can be purchased in 3, 6 or 12 month packages. These subscriptions are ideal for customers who need images on an ongoing basis and at an affordable price".
Surveys can be tricky and a self-fulfilling prophecy. Getty says after a "global survey of more than 7,500 new and established image users" that:
- "Demand for reasonably-priced digital content is growing due to the increased need (26%) for more images and more Web site or new product development (25%);
- Image buyers often have immediate needs for digital content. Almost half (43%) of those surveyed download images on a daily, few times per week, or weekly basis."
Time will tell if these will buy at Photos.com or take a different approach.
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