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Macworld UK: Mixed outlooks for iPod, iTunes

“However, music-industry executives believe Apple will face fierce competition from established heavyweights in the digital-music download market.

MusicNet CEO Alan McGlade told CBS MarketWatch he thinks Apple’s service may be an early leader, but that others will dominate the new market in future.

He said: ‘The big companies are going to dominate. AOL is going to be a significant player. Companies like Yahoo, MTV, Microsoft, Sony. I don’t think it’s going to be iTunes.’”

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1

Well, haven’t AOL & Apple teamed up?

If AOL is going to be a big player, iTunes will do well.

Posted by Steven on November 17, 2003 at 8:13 AM (PDT)

2

“‘The big companies are going to dominate. AOL is going to be a significant player.”

Is this guy one of the same genius guys a few years ago who told us that AOL-Time Warner merger was going to create some kind of wonder company that would swallow everyone else and dominate our minds until the end of time?

These guys don’t know ####.

Posted by futurian on November 17, 2003 at 9:52 AM (PDT)

3

well one thing we have learned in the past is that microsoft nearly always win at little things like this, and i wouldnt bet against them creating something like ‘the winTunes music store’ or something like that

Posted by ti on November 17, 2003 at 10:40 AM (PDT)

4

AOL is about to be bought by a German online company anyway. At the end of the day who is making these claims?
MusicNet CEO Alan McGlade is.
Biased I’d say.

Posted by Chris Matchett on November 17, 2003 at 12:29 PM (PDT)

5

Okay,he may have a point,but I doubt he has ever tried using some of these other sites. If he had,he would see how much of a rough go these sites are to use,and how some of the other formats are a huge pain in the…you know.
  Mind you, I’m not all that impressed with I-Tunes’ overall selection(way too commercial),but other than that,it’s a dream to use. It never crashes(Napster),never times out continually(Rhapsody),and you don’t need an advanced degree to figure out how to download(MusicNet,Universal or whatever).
Until you can convince me otherwise,I’m sticking with I-Tunes.

Posted by M. on November 17, 2003 at 2:02 PM (PDT)

6

This seems very familiar - Apple innovates in a new area, other companies denigrate the idea but work on their own version and eventually dominate through marketing. It has happened time and time again and will happen here. The shame is that invariably Apple’s early solution remains far superior to the newcomers - Newton, MACOS, iPod etc.

Posted by NW on November 17, 2003 at 2:14 PM (PDT)

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