A report from the Echo Nest shows how music services can predict their most valuable customers.

Taste profiles, most often used to serve up recommendations and connect listeners to other users with like-minded tastes, has the potential to serve another purpose -- predicting which new customers will become high-value ones.

According to a recent white paper by the Echo Nest, it's now possible to separate the whales from the minnows, the big spenders from the indifferent tourists. The paper, titled "How Music Services Can Acquire, Engage and Monetize High-Value Listeners," posits a method for predicting each user's future value to a music service.

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