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\'Apple wreckers\': digital music war heats up

updated 04:30 pm EST, Tue February 8, 2005

\'Apple wreckers\'

Apple may not be in an operating system fight with MIcrosoft, but is heating up and Microsoft is challenging the dominance of iTunes by giving away a free download every day through Saturday. "he daily freebie will be limited to the one editorial pick from Microsoft's MSN Music staff members that they think will win a Grammy in the song's nominated genre. Of course, Mr. Softy isn't known for being the generous type. The five giveaways are being done to promote the fledgling service, and Microsoft is opening up the offer only to adults willing to pony up their credit card information." Fool.com says that Apple is also facing challenges on other fronts, including Napster, satellite radio upstarts XM and Sirius as well.




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  1. AsgardTex

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What an original idea

    Giving away free songs! If only Apple hadn't though of that - over a year ago! And they still give out at least 1 free song a week, depending oni f they are still doing the Discovery Download thing.

  1. SpaceMonkey

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    credit card info?

    Given that a lot of the public in recent years has lost confidence in Microsoft from a virus or security standpoint, I'm not sure requiring credit card info in exchange for a free song is the greatest idea in the world... :P

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Like the free songs Tues

    Doesn't the US store already give away songs?

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    "Apple Wreckers"

    So is "Apple wrecker" the new "iPod killer"?

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    predicted grammy winners?

    isn't that like giving away Michael Bolton songs?

  1. Ganesha

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    In fact...

    Apple is now listing the weekly giveaways on the front page (bottom right) of the US store.

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    napster is no challenge

    The napster subscription service uploads from your device all the songs you've played and how many times... You stop paying, and all your subscription tunes go poof! What a great service.

  1. jedi1yoda1

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    itunes givaway

    Apple should copy this exactly. Not to say that we need to copy MS to make it (like they didn't get the idea from iTunes either...) but if I were running the joint (which, thank god i'm not) if they want to compete against my store, i'd offer the exact same songs for free on those days. Then that gives you no reason to look in the ms store.

    Have a little section : M$'s free tune: XXXXXXXXX Free (dl now from iTunes)

  1. jedi1yoda1

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pepsi

    haha, or just use your free tune from pepsi to get that song from iTunes. LOL

  1. VadersCape

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    How baffling for MS ...

    ... the best product and service are actually the market leaders. No wonder they're scratching their heads in Redmond - this notion is completely foreign to them. They can't understand why the world isn't clamoring for their sh*tty offerings like they have in the past.

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