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Analysts on Motorola-iTunes, RealNetworks news

updated 03:40 pm EDT, Tue July 27, 2004

Analysts on muisc news

Merrill Lynch analyst Steve Milunovich says the : "Analysts said it's too early to gauge the takeaway from RealNetworks' new software offering. "Real could boost demand for the iPod but reduce music store sales," offered Milunovich, adding that he's waiting to see if Apple will sue Real. Others agreed that a lawsuit could be in the works."

by MacNN Staff





  1. DeepDish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    M$ - Billion here there

    All M$ has to do and spend a couple of billion on "agreements" with key labels and services and buy their coroporation and iTunes will be dead.

    They have tons of money from idiots upgrading their crappy software with a 75% profit built in because all M$ ever does is repackage the same cr@p and insert things they stole from other companies and people eagerly hand over their money.

  1. Mooseyard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Harmony" only Windows?

    Does "Harmony" even work on OS X? From the Harmony beta page the article links to, when I click the "Download beta" button, I just get taken to the page for the regular OS X RealPlayer, with no sign that there's anything beta or, er, Harmonic about it.

    And the screenshot of the window on the beta page is clearly for Windows -- it's got the Win-style close box on the right.

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Reduced sales?

    Really, how much can the Harmony technology reduce iTMS sales? Unless the Real store offers a much better experience, by which all accounts thus far it doesn't, are people going to go through the hastle of converting songs. Fact is, the only people who are going to use Real w/ an iPod over iTMS are those who won't use Apple anyway. Besides, if Apple truly isn't making that much of a profit on the store, then what would they care about losing sales, as long as the iPod continues to do what it has.

  1. srrojo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The iTMS doesn't matter.

    Look, Apple doesn't make ANYTHING off the iTMS. It only exists as a shell of legitimate music distribution so Apple doesn't get on the wrong side of the RIAA.

    So, -how- many iTMS tracks do you have on your ipod??

    Now, how many mp3s do you have?

    Why would Apple allow Real to disrupt this little fairy tale that it has the RIAA swallowing? They -wouldn't-. Real is going to get SUED. If not by Apple, then by the RIAA for trying to circumvent the 'legitimate distribution chain.'

    10 years from now, this will be regarded as one of the biggest farces of the 21st century. Right behind the RIAA being brought up on racketeering charges via the RICO Act.

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