Viggle Sucks Under New Management

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Do you guys remember this lame post I made back in 2013?

I gave a brief overview of a great app that allowed you to earn points and redeem rewards just by watching TV and listening to music.  (The music feature was added after the 2013 post.)  It was amazing!  I spent a lot of time “checking in” to songs and shows, and watching all the extra ads it would let me in order to gain those important extra points.  I’d redeemed several gift cards, a Viggle T-shirt (because I was more than happy to spread the word about this amazing opportunity), and had plans for possibly redeeming the biggest prize of a cruise for two (which cost several million points)!

Credit: get.viggle.com
Credit: get.viggle.com

I’m normally not one who likes to largely announce to the world how horrible something is, but this situation it too awful.  It was slightly over nine months ago that Viggle was sold to Perk.  I’ve used the Perk Browser in the past and it… wasn’t terrible.

The following is the review I finally left for the app in the App Store.  Some is repeat of what I already said in this post, but I give the details of the horrible result of the buy-out.

Rating: ★✰✰✰✰

I used to love Viggle.  Not only did I use it all the time, but I proudly wore the merch I bought with my Viggle points.

Now, the app has to be constantly open the entire time you’re watching the program you checked into.  Take a phone call during ads?  Miss out on points.  Do ANYTHING with your phone during the show?  Miss out on points.

Also, apparently points expire now.  It’s been a couple months since I last opened the app, and I opened it today only to discover I have only 6 points.  I had at LEAST 6,000.
Nope.  Don’t like that.

I’m keeping the app for as long as it takes to exchange my Viggle points for Perk points and redeem them.  Only 60,000 Viggle points are allowed to be exchanged per month, which translates into 3,000 Perk points.  I still have over 200,000 Viggle points, so it’ll take a while, but I’ll be so glad to be done with this Perk takeover nightmare.

Credit: hahasforhoohas.com
Credit: hahasforhoohas.com

I would be more understanding if Viggle was sold because it was losing money, but it wasn’t.  I was just sold.  (News articles linked at bottom.)

I’m fully convinced that all of the 5-star ratings it currently has are either from people who never knew Viggle when it was good, AND/or people desperately trying to get points took advantage of Viggle’s offer of bonus points for giving such a rating.  Nope.  Bribery is not my thing, either.  I’d rather give or read an honest review than a fake 5-star just for points.

I will give Perk a bit of a break in my rant with the best change they have made to Viggle.  They’ve finally added the ability to check in with shows and movies you’re streaming.  Don’t have regular TV or cable?  That’s not a problem anymore.  Watching on Netflix, Hulu, etc., will also get you points.

All in all, I don’t think Perk is an evil, selfish company, but they really should have thought more about what kept Viggle users coming back in the first place.  Instead, they changed everything, making it harder to earn points, and making rewards 5x as expensive to redeem.  Just remember: the most important thing in any business is the consumer.  If the consumer doesn’t like what you’re selling (or how much you’re selling it for), you lose money.


Articles about the sale:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151214005688/en/Viggle-Sell-Assets-Perk.com-All-Stock-Transaction

http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/strategy/21876.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided&utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided

I’m Going To See Perfume Live!! | Cosmic Explorer Tour, USA

Back in 2007, I came across this little trio of Japanese singers via YouTube who called themselves Perfume.  After watching about ten of their music videos, I was hooked.  I obtained some of their music and soon shared it with my sister, who immediately became a fan as well.

Since then, her fandom has surpassed mine, and she makes sure I stay in the loop with any new songs, albums, music videos, and concert footage.

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Perfume circa 2004 for their single “Monochrome Effect” (left), and 2016 for their album “Cosmic Explorer” (right).

 

This year, Perfume is making a tour stop in America close enough that we’re finally going to see them live!  The entire trip is going to be quite a bit more driving than I can usually handle, but we’re breaking it up enough that hopefully it’ll be OK 👍.

Another exciting part is that we’ve booked a room through Airbnb, and it’ll be my first experience with it.  I’ve heard so many good things about it, it’s so much cheaper than a hotel, and the particular room I booked has SO many great reviews!

Credit: soshified.com
Credit: soshified.com

As of the publishing of this post, we’re probably reloading our stuff in the car to set out for Illinois.  I won’t give a lot of details about the trip until it’s over, but I’m glad the planning is finally done.

Nine years of fandom leading up to this.  Perfume is bigger than ever as the most popular Jpop group in Japan.  Even Pentatonix posted a music video just last week with their Perfume medley!

I’ll leave you with the videos to two of my favourite new songs of theirs (one fast and one slow):


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 6

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Day 6: Favourite Soundtrack From a Movie

 

Home Alone

 

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Why not have Christmas in July?

I have to pick the entire musical contents of this movie.  I dislike none of the songs, and it’s somehow not quite Christmas without listening to the music from Home Alone (even if it’s just by watching the movie).

Sure, I could have picked any number of songs from a lot of movies for their great scores (such as Spider-Man 2 for every song, or X-Men: First Class especially for “Magneto“), but I have to go with this one.

 

What’s your favourite movie soundtrack?

 


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