Our estimate of the total quantum of the Re:Sound 8 tariff is about $500,000, taking into account other semi-interactive webcasters that have launched or may launch in Canada, as well as non-interactive webcasters. This estimate is arrived at knowing that the music streaming market share of Pandora in the U.S is about 70 per cent, and that its Canadian market share could be lower, given that some other firms have already been operating in Canada.
Such a long period of time – more than six years to date and now still counting with judicial review is an eternity in the world of the internet and innovation. In 2008, when this tariff was filed, the first generation of iPhone smartphones was barely on the market and the first iPad tablets were still two years down the line. So, maybe by 2016 or so we will have a final certified tariff to the end of 2012 that was already obsolete when it was filed in 2008.