(Edited 02-05-10) For apparent reasons I can´t hardly comment whether the pricing of Getty Images´ new subscription website Thinkstock/Thinkstockphotos (does anyone remember?) or that 25-images-per-day thing are innovative or not.
The idea for the announced image packs, despite the different number of image downloads (5, 25, 100 and 250), was apparently copied from the mother-of-all-subscription-plans, Shutterstock, and their On Demand subscriptions with 5, 12, 25 and 60 downloads.
Doing some comparing searches on Thinkstock with only one keyword and different sources of images, the pure number of images from iStockphoto on Thinkstock seems to be impressive: from 38% over 44% and 54% up to 58% in various seach results. -You might of course get different results when searching.
Getty Images Begins Rolling Out New Subscription Formats (PaidContent):
"The company plans to roll out a variety of subscription formats over the next five months that aims to capture customers with small budgets, such as individual bloggers ... Klein said: "This new subscription service brings together 3.5 million images."
Getty is still wrestling with ways to make money from mobile. Klein sees potential there, but “nothing immediate.” Getty considers gaming to be a particularly lucrative area. “The gaming space continues to grow and developers have an insatiable appetite for images."
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