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Tech: New \'Net domains; N-Gage; music rental...

updated 01:20 am EDT, Mon May 31, 2004

Tech: music rental...

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  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Right...

    That's right, they'll announce a .x** and ALL p*** traffic will move to that. Yeah, add this to the requirement that sexually explicit email contains the words "SEXUALLY EXPLICIT" in the subject, and this will stop like 1/10000000th of the SPAM out there.

    What a bunch of idiots.

    And is there really a deep desire of people to put up web sites on their cell phones? Can you imagine the bills the idiots who do this would pay? Man, its like an idiot convention at ICANN or something.

    Oh, and I've never heard of a Klingon Association.

  1. ApeInTheShell

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Woah

    Music for rent? What is this Microsoft Blockbuster. I think people like to own music because they can burn it to cd and don't have to listen to it for 24-72 hours and return.
    Maybe more people will start using iTunes =

  1. VadersCape

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple Better Worry ...

    This is truly scary. Microsoft is the one company that could make music for rent over the internet actually work. If they pour all of their billions of dollars and industry-leading innovative thinking, research and marketing talent into this upfront prior to releasing it, it will likely kill the iTunes Music Store and the iPod outright in the same deft blow. And that would deal a major blow to Apple's future survival all the way around. Apple's only hope is that Microsoft does not make an all-in commitment to the music rental model up front, but only makes a token investment in it before they release it. That way it will only break even if it's lucky and it won't affect Apple at all. But if Microsoft invests every last cent it has into the music rental model and then releases it to the world then iTunes, iPod and dare I even say Apple itself is doomed. Gee, I hope no one from Microsoft is reading this and adopts this sure-fire plan to kill iTunes and the iPod.

  1. Simon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Apple Better Worry...

    Um, no.

  1. Mediaman_12

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nobody 'gets' it

    Like jobs said when he launched iTMS, music rental doesn't work. It's not like a movie where you may listen to it once or twice in a weekend, then not really bother with it.
    Where does everybody's normal business sense go when it comes to the internet. the iTMS has the most successful store model (simple pricing scheme, NO RENTAL/subscription), so are others copying this model, No! In the real world if a shop is successful, it gets copied. Not on the Internet, apparently

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yes, please

    PLEASE Microsoft, *do* rent music. That's a VERY GOOD IDEA for you. I'm *sure* it will work. It's what people have been CLAMOURING for, after all. MS, you have a chance to OWN the music-rental market -- I think you should leave that icky old "owning" thing to iTunes and go after this fresh, HOT market. Please.

  1. Jablabla

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    new domains

    New domains are not going to stop spam. Its just another marketing gimmic.

    You want to stop spam then we need to migrate everyone to a new mail standard. Pretty simple. smtp has security issues anyways and it is heavily dependent on dns.

    Renting music. Well, that sounds pretty stupid. Hey, if they want to force it on windows users all the better. Glad we have itunes for windows.

  1. VadersCape

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Get With It!

    (C'mon, Simon. Join chas_m and I in ENCOURAGING Microsoft to do this.)

    Like I said, they need to invest every last cent they have into the music rental model. It's a sure-fire iTunes and iPod killer. But they need to put it all on the line for this one. All of their cash reserves, all of their valuation. Only then can they show their commitment to their users and rule the internet music marketspace. It really can't miss for them. It'll be about a billion percent ROI.

  1. HeatherEcsedi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Music rental ?

    What's the point ? I personnally rent movies but never buy them (with a quite few exceptions). I only buy music DVD's (concerts, not video's). I buy CD's and do rent some to discover new artists but I get to read the liner notes, see the artwork, etc. Yet, I don't see the point of renting music on a web site. If I get a preview of the song, I either like it and buy it or don't like it and don't buy it. Knowing Apple doesn't make hardly any money with the ITMS, how could a music rental service be viable ?

  1. blingerman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Music Rental

    It's viable because it's a healthy recurring fee and the margins are probably higher because you never 100% own it, so the record companies don't need to be as highly compensated for giving up their rights to allow you to burn it.

    Just because Steve doesn't think it's a good business model, doesn't mean that it isn't.

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