updated 11:15 am EDT, Fri August 6, 2004
ZDNet on Apple/Real
Charles Cooper of ZDNet has written an article on the history of digital music online, paralleling the struggles during the days of Napster and illegal music downloads, and the modern world of online music sales. Cooper says: "Apple deserves the kudos it's gotten--but will squander a lot of that good will if it goes ahead with an ... Apple would like nothing better than to exert Microsoft-like domination of the music business ... Too bad. In the struggle over Napster, the music companies turned out to be their own worst enemies. So intent on kneecapping Napster, they ignored the best interests of their customers--which would have been to find a way to coexist with the new Internet technology. Is Apple going to go down a similar path?"