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Yahoo subscription service takes on Apple\'s iTunes

updated 09:10 pm EDT, Tue May 10, 2005

Yahoo Music vs. iTunes

Yahoo on Tuesday said it would , while "the stock of smaller players perhaps more directly in Yahoo!'s line of fire fared worse" Napster fell more than 20 percent and RealNetworks dropped nearly 12 percent during Tuesday trading.




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  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Go Yahoo!

    A year's music for the price of price of 5 CDs? Sign me up!

    Yes, yes, it will not be iPod nor iTunes compatible. Hope at least they will have a Mac client.

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ouchie

    Poor, poor, poor PC - related services.

    Always cannibalizing one another (wish the gas staions would do the same ie lowering prices -- but they'd all run out of functional squeegees, paper towels, and have oil spots everywhere . . . kind of like Windows).

    And Apple will be up again this week . . . because, well, uh, THEY'VE GOT THE BEST MUSIC PLAYER THE IPOD WHICH RULES AND WORKS!!

    Thank you Apple for being RAD!!

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    macnn will print anything

    Apple doesn't have a subscription based service, so they won't be competing with them.

  1. klinux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well

    To be fair, people (and Macnn) are stating that subscription may eat into single-song purchase model hence the competition with iTunes.

    And oh yeah, thanks Jeb for that brilliant insight comment in all CAPS no less. Please stop representing Mac users.

  1. Ganesha

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Go Yahoo!

    MS based so its Windows PC only...

  1. himself

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    to be clear...

    ...is this renting, once again, or will you actually *keep* what you pay for this time?

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not challenging Apple

    Yes, Apple is in the music download business, but iTMS is in there mainly to sell iPods. As long as Apple is successful at selling iPods because the iPods themselves are desireable, Apple is not going to "compete" with Napster, Real, (and now) Yahoo! in the music download business. Why should they?

    And, BTW, most people fill their music players (iPod or otherwise) with music they already own. Or music they "freely" downloaded. Which music download service is compatible is a secondary consideration. So again, as long as Apple is successful at selling iPods because the iPods themselves are desireable, iTMS will be pay-per-song because that is what's most profitable and easy to administer.

    If at some point in the future, Apple's market research shows that people are actually buying iPod's competitors just so that they can use a subscription music service, then Apple will offer their own subscription service. It will be compatible only with the #1 music player, of course. Then these so-called competitors will be in a far worse situation then they are now. At least now, they DON'T have to compete with Apple (iPod/iTunes/iTMS) in the subscription music arena.

    Either way, I think Apple is in the driver's seat here...

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I don't want to rent my

    I don't want to rent my music. I'm sticking with iTunes. iTunes has way more than a million song or album catalog so I don't know why those stock people get all in a tizzy for.

    iTunes is far the best music download service and you don't have to pay monthly to keep your music either.

  1. BobK

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    98% worthless

    I think about 98% of all music is c***. I would rather own the 2% that I dig.

    Who does not have a music download service? Is this really news? Way to be on the cutting edge Yahoo. I am going to sell my Real networks stock and buy Yahoo.LOL!

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RE: to be clear...

    "...is this renting, once again, or will you actually *keep* what you pay for this time?"

    Ah, and there's the rub! For the monthly subscription fee, you rent. If you want to purchase a track, thats extra on top of the other fees.

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