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Mix: Napster, Playlist Club, 3.5” iPod, Wireless carriers

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, March 14, 2005
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 Engadget has an interview with Napster CEO Chris Gorog, in which he compares the iPod to “your father’s Oldsmobile” and says Steve Jobs “must be pretty frightened of the Napster To Go.”

 London’s Playlist Club has announced its first affiliated US event - Playlist Philadelphia on March 28.

 Command-Tab has an article on how to use a regular 3.5-inch hard drive with an iPod.

 The delay of Motorola’s iTunes-compatible mobile phone is reportedly due to wireless carriers which want to be able to make money off of digital downloads (the iTunes phone gets music directly from your computer).

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1

I think it’s more like Chris Gorog is frightened of Steve Jobs and iTunes

Posted by greencoffeebean on March 14, 2005 at 3:45 PM (PDT)

2

Oh man, first he calls us iPod users “stupid”—now we aren’t fashion conscious because we’re “like, soooo 2004, dude.”

Seriously, he’s talking about Steve Jobs pulling a fast one by calling the record execs? This whole mess is just too funny. It’s like high school drama of the tech world.

This guy seems to think that online music is the only way people purchase music these days. Isn’t it something like 2% of all music is bought through an online music store? Yes Chris Gorog, there are plenty of choices: Amazon, Tower Records, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Circuit City… with no DRM too!

Fishes,
narco.

Posted by narco in Burbank on March 14, 2005 at 3:47 PM (PDT)

3

PS: You get to keep the CD once you pay for it. What a novel concept, eh?

Fishes,
narco.

Posted by narco in Burbank on March 14, 2005 at 3:48 PM (PDT)

4

The thing is he attacks the iPod and Apple for being a closed platform, but it takes MP3s which is the standard digital audio format (it’s why they’re called MP3 players) and iTunes can transfer Windows Media files (unprotected) into MP3s or AAC or what have you.

THe only thing the iPod is closed to is music that is encoded specifically with DMR protection to keep it from being played on an iPod or copied to CDs.  If Napster subscribers were getting Windows Media files or MP3 files without the DMR then it would work in the iPod.  So despite the fact that it’s actually Napster controlling how the music is protected, they’re attacking Apple.

Posted by Jazzlawyer in Kelowna, BC Canada on March 14, 2005 at 4:47 PM (PDT)

5

Um, was Chris Gorog trying not to exhale when he said, “Steve Jobs ‘must be pretty frightened of the Napster To Go.’”?

I mean, the guy has to be on something, because he’s definitely not on to anything.

Posted by punxking in San Diego on March 14, 2005 at 5:25 PM (PDT)

6

270,000 customers vs. 300,000,000 downloads.  hm…trying to do the math here…......

Posted by schaaking in Minneapolis on March 14, 2005 at 5:50 PM (PDT)

7

Doing the math…

It’s 270,000x$15.00/month = $4,500,000 of revenue each MONTH.

The iTunes Music store pulls in more than $4,500,000 every WEEK!

Posted by yyoo on March 14, 2005 at 6:07 PM (PDT)

8

HAHAHAHAH I hope Napster dies.

Posted by Joshdude in Long Beach, CA on March 14, 2005 at 6:26 PM (PDT)

9

He’s doing what he should be doing, talking up his product and there’s no fault in that.  However, his attacks on iTunes and iPods are so transparent, it really cuts into his credibility.  He seems to have the opinion that Napster to Go is going to spur on the mp3 player market the way iTunes did the iPod.  I find that quite unlikely.  Nevermind the fact that you can easily strip the DRM from Napster songs (and yes, iTunes tracks too), someone could go download crazy for a month and have all the music they want for $15.  I don’t know.. time will tell if subscription services have legs or not.

Posted by quadraphonic in alberta | canada on March 14, 2005 at 6:49 PM (PDT)

10

and how many of those 270,000 people are just there for the 14 day trial.

Posted by zsmith66 in Cincinnati, OH USA on March 14, 2005 at 6:51 PM (PDT)

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I can’t fathom why anyone who is a consumer of music would want less competition. There is simply no logic for feeling this way. What could possibly be your personal stake in Napster’s demise?

Posted by zumpp99 in Western NY on March 15, 2005 at 5:28 AM (PDT)

12

Fan-boy-itis

Posted by NeoteriX in Houston, TX or Westchester County, NY on March 15, 2005 at 6:09 AM (PDT)

13

He makes some very good points in the interview.  Competition is very good for consumers.

Posted by mgbrown66 in USA on March 15, 2005 at 6:28 AM (PDT)

14

On a different note…

Connecting that 3.5” HD seems like an interesting concept.  It makes me think… would it be possible to make a dockable housing for your own 3.5” HD that could add 100+ GBs of space?
I’m sure you would need an update to the iPod software to access it… but I’m sure it could be possible.

Just think… an iPod snapped ontop of a 180 GB housing, plugged into a set of IM4s (place to set it on).

The only problem would be filling it smile

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on March 15, 2005 at 6:36 AM (PDT)

15

I agree, competition is a good thing, but so far, Napster hasn’t given us very compelling reasons to be interested. The thing is, it’s easier for people to hear a song they like and think, “it’s only 99¢.” than for people to commit $180/year for the rest of their lives. If Napster were to say with subscription you get to keep download and keep an album each month, then it’d be more attractive.

Posted by Nipith in Los Angeles, CA on March 15, 2005 at 7:55 AM (PDT)

16

wow,that napster thing is dumb.id rather own a cd than rent it. steve is sooooooooo not scared about napster to go.napster got rated 4/5 in wired, but itunes got 4.5.

Posted by danielman on March 15, 2005 at 4:48 PM (PDT)

17

Honestly? Better to pay 99¢ / song and forget about paying for it again than having to download music and keep paying for it each month to keep the rights to listen to it.

Posted by Ben K. in Kansas City, MO on March 25, 2005 at 11:08 AM (PDT)

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