#113546 - 11/04/0301:06 AMAll these music stores opening....
Where's the profit potential? Surely not in re-selling songs from the music companies...<br><br>Apple can make money off their iPod, Napster sells that Napster listening device, Musicmatch can make money off pro versions of their crippleware....<br><br>I bet services like Buymusic.com, etc. go away.....<br><br>
Loc: Alexandria, VA
I was just thinking the same thing after seeing the MM story about MTV starting their own service ... this online music store thing is going to be a bubble sooner than later, and only a few are going to survive when it bursts ...<br><br>***matt<br><br>Turn up the signal, wipe out the noise ...
#113548 - 11/04/0301:13 AMRe: All these music stores opening....
Imagine the fees and overhead:<br><br>--licensing WMA from MS<br>--fees to the music companies<br>--support<br>--credit card processing (3-4 percent *per* transaction)<br>--huge amounts of bandwidth<br>--huge amounts of server space<br>--paying someone to rip and load<br><br>Unless the music companies lower their margins (unlikely,) the online music stores are loss leaders for something else...like a listening device or something. <br><br>
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