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Napster CEO on Jobs, iTunes subscriptions, WMA DRM

updated 09:50 pm EST, Mon March 14, 2005

Napster CEO vs. Steve Jobs

Napster CEO Chris Gorog, touting the "Windows Media Audio world", says that ," following Jobs' "petty" email to top record industry executives, alerting them of a security gap in Napster's service: "Frankly, that's what I think the impetus was for him to fire that off. It was really pretty silly. He was claiming we had some sort of security gap, and of course we didn't. That technology -- like recording something off of a radio broadcast -- had been out there for 10 years. Certainly his service is susceptible to it as well. We saw it as a sign of weakness, that he's very concerned about a technology that makes his hardware and his software irrelevant in our view." The interview notes that Napter's Gorog countered with an email defending Napster's security and pointed out "how trivial it was to unlock 'a large collection of iTunes music in seconds.'"

by MacNN Staff



  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "We saw it as a sign of weakness, that hes very concerned about a technology that makes his hardware and his software irrelevant in our view."

    Unforutnately for them, NO ONE shares their view.

  1. Maelman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Chris Gorog talks like a cheesy movie villian.

  1. exca1ibur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just sell your product.

    When will this guy shut up and just sell his product? Stop worrying about what Steve Jobs is doing and get YOUR sh*t together and sell your own product. You can't move forward while constantly looking back. Get over it and move on. My god. This guy is like a 2 year old. :/

  1. jdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Got one thing right

    He traded a petty email with an equally petty email (hypocrite). Anyway, the one thing I think he got right was the format war that's taking place. WMA vs. AAC. It has been my contention all along that the biggest opponent to Apple was FUD (and there is a lot of it in this article). This guy calls WMA a "standard" in a Windows world, and implies that sheer marketshare alone will win the war. He may be right, and this is the problem with monopolies abusing monopoly power (ie Microsoft). The public has spoken for the time being, and Apple is on top. The difference between WMA and AAC (setting quality issues, etc aside) is the licensing. The majority of MP3 makers and service providers CHOSE to license WMA. They could just as easily have licensed Apple's AAC with Fairplay. But undoubtedly they chose the MS way as a knee-jerk response based on the safety of joining hands with MS (ala Dell). This may turn out to be successful in the long run, but it won't be because of a better product winning out. Personally, I think Apple has broken into a brand new realm here, and that they have a few tricks left up their sleeves. I think that MS may finally have been proven vulnerable, and the better product will win.

  1. Talleyman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The reason Apple is winning now and into the near future anyway is the success of the iPod, not their AAC or DRM or any other acronym. Napster may be a great service, but no iPod, no juice. That's the fact for now, Apple is going to have to stay on their toes, but right now, they win! Now, Stop suing people that support your small market and find a way to support them and their work. You look too much like M$ or this Gorog guy. Too petty!

    My 2 pesos.


  1. Glenstorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Got one thing right

    I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong, but I thought Apple wasn't offering licenses for Fairplay. I vaguely recall stories of them being solicited for such a deal and Apple shooting it down.

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iTunes same security gap?

    Gorog keeps forgetting one thing:

    Cost to rip 1,000,000 songs with Napster to any format = $15/month

    Cost to rip 1,000,000 songs with iTunes to any format = $1,000,000

    Which model do you think makes the RIAA more comfortable?

  1. scottnichol

    Joined: Dec 1969


    there is a cap, you know

    assuming 30 days per month and an average of 4 minutes per song, for one-month $15 fee, you could only re-rip 10,800 songs.

    30 days * 24 hours = 720 hours
    720 hours * 60 mins = 43,200 minutes
    43,200 mins / 4 min (per song) = 10,800 song

    they gotta be ripped in real-time as they're coming off the sound card, so there's no advantage to a faster computer.

    not that i've given this much thought or anything ;-)

  1. psu03bob

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "...that makes his hardware and his software irrelevant in our view."

    If I was a digital media company or a mp3 maker and my CEO was calling the iPod irrelevant, I would be looking for a new CEO.

  1. 83caddy16v

    Joined: Dec 1969



    allowing WMAs to play on the iPod help in anyway? is that something Apple could do on a software update?

    Same with doing a membership scenario with iTunes, offer both to iTunes customers, would that kill the Napster 2 Go before it became a significant player?

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