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\'Steer clear of Apple\', urges Napster boss

updated 05:00 pm EST, Tue January 27, 2004

Napster CEO on Apple

Napster CEO Chris Gorog has warned music delegates at the Midem international music fair in Cannes to "," reports MacWorld UK. Gorog's attempt to convince music execs they should make their record catalogues available on Napster rather than Apple was based on claims that Napster's Windows-based PC platform is compatible with two-thirds of all the mobile music devices currently available. A report on Mail & Guardian Online suggests: "2004 could see war break out between the fledgling host of new legitimate online stores due to launch this year".




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    hahahaha

    buymusic.com anyone.

    good luck Napster, you will show those execs with your high market share

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    DOS-Heads Runnin' Scared

    Napster is SCARED! Now they all want a piece of Apple's action. Good Luck. When competitors can release products and services superior to the iPods and iTMS, then comments like these will cease. Will it happen? If Apple stops dead and does nothing for a year, it might.

    I doubt that Napster's European store will open anytime soon, given that th iTMS has been snagged in a Gordian Knot of EU red tape. The EU iTMS will open first and take over.

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    Napster's track record

    If I were a music executive, I would remember that it was Napster that promoted the whole free for all in music downloading in the first place. The only reason they stopped is they lost the law suit after a bitter fight. Now they want to promote themselves as the "legal download source." Please. I would have second thoughts taking advice from Napster. In contrast, Apple has always been about respect for copyright but giving consumers the ability to use their legally-owned music their way. This choice is a no brainer.

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    Good advice

    If I were a music exec, I would want to stay away from the dominant online music store!

    Really, what idiot would take this advice! What does it cost a label to have their music on both download stores? Choosing one store over the other just alienates a large block of users. Geesh!

    As for all the WMA players, I have one - thrown in a desk drawer someplace. For people who will actually PAY for their downloads, portable music = iPod.

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    Hurry Apple...

    Hurry Apple and launch your service outside the US. Otherwise services like Naptster may become the standard in other countries before iTMS even launches.

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    Hmmm

    The majority of music players use WMA...the majority of music players only make up about 30% of the market for such devices...Apple's iPod/iTMS holds a 70% market share...

    Yup, I'd go with Napster too...:-P

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    Re: Napster's track reco

    its not the same Napster... literally. Roxio bought PressPlay from Vivendi and bought the 'Napster' name, but not the assets or liability from Napster. Hence, they are not the same thing nor the same people.. only the same name (obviously). They did this for marketing reasons: brand recognition. Everyone know that Napster is the place to get [free] music. Personally, I think it was a brilliant idea for Roxio. However, from the quote of their CEO... it would seem like they are complete fools.

    "Yea, Record companies.. don't sell your music to 1/3 of the *available* players out there... Or, rather, over 50% of the current market share."

    If he runs his company with that same business sense, we will not have to worry about Napster being around for too much longer.

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    WMA/AAC/MP3

    Here's my take on it.
    Sure, WMA is more compatible right now than AAC but people don't go out and buy portable music players for WMA compatibility, they buy them to play MP3s, let's not kid ourselves. Since this is the case, WMA or AAC playback is secondary. Whichever MP3 player is the best designed(iPod) will sell more and the secondary format that it plays (AAC) will grow to be the dominate form for secure digital music.
    Saying WMA playback is the main selling point is like saying that people buy MP3 CD players to playback regular CDs. Sure people do play regular cds on them occasionaly, but I'd wager 9/10 people use MP3 CD players for MP3 CDs otherwise they'd just save money and buy a regular cd player.

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    Correction to my analogy

    in my previous comment I tried to come up with a good analogy and couldn't really think of one.
    Here's a better one.
    Saying people buy MP3/WMA player primarily for WMA playback is like saying people buy PS2s primarily for playing back PS1 games. Sure you can do it on them, but the main draw is the PS2 game(or in the case of music players, MP3)

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    lame

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