Friday, July 23, 2004

You just don't get it, do you?
The portability would make subscription services like Napster more appealing. "If you buy 10,000 songs (from iTunes), it will cost you $10,000," said Laura Goldberg, Napster's chief operating officer. With Napster's subscription model, users would have access to the same number of songs but for a monthly subscription fee of $10. Of course, Napster plans to charge a little more for the portability option -- "about the price of a retail CD," Goldberg said. (Full article here.)

So, uh...basically the same price (or more expensive) than iTunes, then. I can't really see people wanting to pay for streaming music, especially when they can't take it with them. Streaming's fun, I guess, but I've only ever used it when it's available as free on-line radio.


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