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Napster To Be Acquired by Google?

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the brave-new-world dept.

The Internet 138

YesSir writes "The New York Post claims that Google is considering an alliance or possibly an acquisition of Napster. Rather then starting their own, Google could jump start their music service with the help of Napster. Napster's share price soared more than 30 percent as a result of the report that they are in discussions with Google." From the article: " The company in January told Reuters that it was not on the block. 'The company is not looking to be sold, the management is not looking to step out. It's simply not true,' a Napster spokesman said on Jan. 23. Last week, Napster, founded by college student Shawn Fanning and was once synonymous with the pirating of music, laid off 10 managers." More information available from C|Net. Update: 01/31 19:16 GMT by Z : A Reuters article has Google denying that it has plans to acquire Napster or start a music store anytime soon.

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138 comments

Google isn't fun anymore (tm). (-1, Flamebait)

network23 (802733) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608829)


Great. Another fiasco.

Google isn't fun anymore (tm). Unclear strategy. Bows for dictators. New pathetic services like Google Video.

What's next?

Working together with looser companies like Napster 2 and lame shit like AOL?

Eh, wait a minute...

Google isn't fun anymore (tm).

Re:Google isn't fun anymore (tm). (1)

developer7 (940280) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608898)

IMO, Google Video rocks. I've experienced no loading times, the interface is nice and it doesn't overly rely on Javascript.

$google_video++;

Re:Google isn't fun anymore (tm). (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14608933)

What exactly are you buying from Google Video, and why?

Re:Google isn't fun anymore (tm). (1)

developer7 (940280) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608961)

Nothing. I just follow links to the free content. It's great.

Re:Google isn't fun anymore (tm). (2, Funny)

lilmouse (310335) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609005)

Unclear strategy.

Heh. If it's unclear, it's because they want it to be unclear.

<tin foil hat>It's all part of the plan to Take Over the World!!</hat>

Seriously, tho - Google doesn't want ppl to know what their plans are. Never have.

--LWM

Re:Google isn't fun anymore (tm). (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609039)

I'm sorry but I'm starting to think that it's just becoming a trend to claim Google is buying this or that and doing this or that. Soon the biggest /. story will be how Google is buying Bill Gates so they can market their own version of Windows for the censored Chinese?!?!

No kidding. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609124)

It almost looks like Google's chief contribution to the world will be the invention of the single-company bubble.

Re:Google isn't fun anymore (tm). (1)

Zemplar (764598) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609263)

"Google isn't fun anymore (tm). Unclear strategy. Bows for dictators. New pathetic services like Google Video.

What's next?"


Perhaps Google could hire Carly Fiorina [hp.com] as CEO and buy back Compaq?

Time to short Googles over priced stock!

Re:Google isn't fun anymore (tm). (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609561)

No clear stategy... HAHA. Which if funnier- business people talking about tech, or tech people talking about business.... I think it is the latter.

Re:Google isn't fun anymore (tm). (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609939)

Well, seeing that Microsoft heavily endorses and supports napster, i think this promises to be interesting...

Isn't that really Roxio who bought the name? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14608835)

Napster, founded by college student Shawn Fanning, as far as I can tell doesn't really exist any more. AFAIR Roxio bought it because they had a brand that meant "mediocre software" and wanted a brand/name that meant "cool".

Re:Isn't that really Roxio who bought the name? (2, Informative)

Kittyflipping (840166) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609290)

Yes. They bought the software 'Pressplay' and renamed it to 'Napster'.

Re:Isn't that really Roxio who bought the name? (4, Funny)

abandonment (739466) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609833)

not only this, but napster uses Microsoft Windows Media technology for ALL of it's downloads - including the MS DRM solution.

Google buying them is as unlikely as...[insert favorite conspiracy theory here]

Re:Isn't that really Roxio who bought the name? (2, Funny)

value_added (719364) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609498)

Napster, founded by college student Shawn Fanning, as far as I can tell doesn't really exist any more. AFAIR Roxio bought it because they had a brand that meant "mediocre software" and wanted a brand/name that meant "cool".

Yeah, but did you know that Shawn Fanning didn't invent Napster?

It's true [amazon.com] .

First post! (0, Troll)

BestNicksRTaken (582194) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608840)

I wonder if Google will be nice and make it all free again like the good old days.

Or will they keep the Winamp disk-out hack.

Yay! (1)

Malevolyn (776946) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608843)

Finally! No more annoying Napster commercials.

Gnapster is for you! (4, Funny)

cybrthng (22291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608850)

Coming to a GNu world gnear you! You can google your songs, google your bands, you can even joing mygooglespace to talk to people and we will watch everything you do so we can recommend gnew music to you as well!

We gnow what you gneed

Re:Gnapster is for you! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609107)

I prefer "Goopster" myself.

Next up (4, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609531)

Google buys the Library of Congress. They change the name to glibc.

Idiots (5, Informative)

cdrguru (88047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608858)

This "Napster" is not the company founded by Shawn Fanning. This is the company that was formerly known as Roxio that sold off all of their software assets to Sonic and then hired Shawn Fanning and bought the name Napster.

This company has been mismanaged from the moment it was spun off from Adaptec. This would not surprise me in the least, but unfortunately it is probably a really good move for the current Napster folks. They will make out like bandits.

Re:Idiots (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609319)

Shawn Fanning's first incarnation of Napster went completely bankrupt after the lawsuits. How did he get to keep ownership of his trademark? I would have thought the bankruptcy court would have made him auction off the trademark.

Google already denied the rumor (5, Informative)

satchmodian (657710) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608862)

Google already came out and denied any involvement with napster, according to this [marketwatch.com]

Re:Google already denied the rumor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609002)

That's because they're too busy trying to find the cure for cancer....

Re:Google already denied the rumor (1)

piquadratCH (749309) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609373)

Google already denied the rumor

So it is true, then...

Re:Google already denied the rumor (1)

southpolesammy (150094) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609527)

Hmmm.....

  1. Buy large amount of XYZ
  2. Spread rumor that Google is buying XYZ
  3. ...
  4. Profit!!!

Re:Google already denied the rumor (1)

imoou (949576) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609532)

There's no plans to acquire Napster, nor to develop a music store at this time, but no one is denying Google is talking with Napster, and there are still two possibilities left:

1. Alliance as speculated
2. Investment, like Baidu.com

3. Confirmation will be made after Google employees have acquired enough of Napster's shares.

This is highly unorthodox (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609557)

A factual post, with a link to a credible news source, disputing a rumor posted as "news for nerds" -- dude, you're really spoiling all the fun around here.

Again? (4, Funny)

Kesch (943326) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608864)

Is it just me, or can you not go a day on Slashdot without hearing that google is trying to reach into a new market?

I'm already ahead of the curve; I have faced the inevitable and sewn "Google" into the tag on my underwear.

So what will this new service be named. Noogle? Gnapster? Goopster? Goosic(As in Google Music)? Or the best combination og Music+Google: Moogle!

Re:Again? (5, Funny)

grungebox (578982) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608893)

I have faced the inevitable and sewn "Google" into the tag on my underwear.
 
Puts a whole new spin on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" search, eh?

Re:Again? (2, Funny)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609105)

the "beta" tag puts a better spin :)

Re:Again? (3, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609177)

The best part is hes still got the original 50 invites to give to people.

Re:Again? (1)

Jamil Karim (931849) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609406)

Sure, that's a perk, but the "targetted" advertising can hurt...

Used to sell "Feeling Lucky" boxers (re:again?) (1)

paulthomas (685756) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609660)

Google used to sell boxers with the text "I'm Feeling Lucky" tiled on the bias. This was before the IPO I think.

They used to be sold through the Google Store [googlestore.com] , but they've toned down the apparel a little.

Re:Again? (2, Funny)

Aqws (932918) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609197)

Um, sorry but you are not ahead of the curve by sewing Google into your underwear, they already sell them [undergoos.com] .

Re:Again? (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609436)

my vote is for Gnapster! Bc that is what the evil purple smurfs say... "GNAP!" Somehow poetic justice for the company that said "Do no evil" and now that statement seems a bit dubious with the censorship in china etc.... Perhaps they were bitten "GNAP!"

Re:Again? (1)

corbettw (214229) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609901)

If I had the time and the talent, I would soooo work up a spoof page saying that Google is in talks to buy VA Software. Just seems so appropriate, somehow.

These stories are getting annoying.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14608869)

Let's wait for official world of an imminent buyout before we start pissing over ourselves with inane discussions. That's two in a row today.

Too many google rumors.... (2, Insightful)

ChrisGilliard (913445) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608870)

Remember earlier this month, we had this: this [slashdot.org] . I've even heard people rumor that Google will be building a Space Elevator. Where do these people come up with this stuff? Who knows, this one could be right, but there's still a lot of these out there.

Re:Too many google rumors.... (1)

Lispy (136512) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609144)

Except that a space evlevator would be cool! Somehow this reminds me off the Transmeta rumors back then (you know the website with the hidden message in the source HTML?) , oh, those were the days. Somehow us geeks need stuff to dream about, Google seems to be the saviour of the day...

Actually... (4, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608878)

The napster acquisition is further down the list. Next up is Cisco after they've acquired Nintendo. The whole shebang will be paid for after the Goobuntu Vista project comes to fruition.

Re:Actually... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609596)

It's the freaking NY Post, I'm surprised they didn't report all that in the same article.

Yeah... er... no. (2, Informative)

pperon (555607) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608881)

From Reuters: A spokesman at Google's Mountain View, California headquarters was not immediately available to comment. However, a spokeswoman in Google's U.K. office told Reuters, "I can completely deny the report." "No, we have no plans at this time to develop a music store, or to compete with existing online and offline music retailers," the spokeswoman said in a prepared statement."

Denied! (5, Informative)

Lawrence_Bird (67278) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608888)

Google said: "We have no plans to acquire Napster, nor do we have plans to develop a music store at this time." 13:01 EST

Re:Denied! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609096)

Source please?

Re:Denied! (1)

Churla (936633) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609528)

And your source for this amazingly fixed width denial? I would say you should cite your references or be considered meaningles rabble.

Awesome! (1)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608889)

I've got both my shuffle and mini ready!
Can't wait!

Ummm... (5, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608896)

Is this only news because Google is supposedly not buying Napster?

How is Napster even relevant anymore?

Raise your hand if you use Napster's service.
Now everyone who has iTunes, raise your hand.

Napster was the first on the market with a pay-for-music service and they still couldn't turn that into a leading position.

Re:Ummm... (1)

BewireNomali (618969) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609052)

that's cause they don't make an ipod, dude.

just curious: how many IPODS do you have. Be honest.

Re:Ummm... (3, Interesting)

StupidHelpDeskGuy (636955) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609275)

I use both. Napster is a great way to preview whole tracks or albums. Itunes I use for buying a copy to have. Napster is slow, but other than that, it's pretty cool for 10 bucks a month. The ultimate device would allow you to play what you want, where you want, when you want it. I know it can be done with current tech, but I'm talking about directly out of the box functionality. I would happily pay for that service.

Re:Ummm... (2, Interesting)

finkployd (12902) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609324)

They have managed to sell themselves to a lot of Universities. The basic idea is that the University pays $x per student (well, they student pays in reality) and the service is licensed to any and all of the University's population.

Finkployd

Re:Ummm... (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609631)

My understanding was that the large universities that had negotiated such agreements were essentially paying a RIAA tax so that they'd stop getting those pesky legal letters.

Some of those major Unis had to create a "copyright compliance officer" as a result of the DMCA & the RIAA flooded those officers with notices... to the point that the "officer" turned into an office.

It was cheaper to sign up all the students for Napster than to continue the way they were.

Re:Ummm... (1)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609826)

And that $x per student is going into a service locked exclusively into MS Windows.

Another company for you. (0, Troll)

DiarmuidBourke (910868) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608902)

Google are going to buy your Mother!!

competing against iTunes (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608910)

Considering a recent Slashdot story about an analyst's predictions that Google may be gearing up to compete against iTunes, combined with their recent launch of Google Video [google.com] , I think they may be on to something.

And of course, combined with the fact that Microsoft [slashdot.org] is also interested in this market, I think 2006 could turn out to be the year of video and music downloading.

Re:competing against iTunes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14608988)

Um, have you seen the Google Video store? If Google sold music though the store they wouldn't be a threat to Napster, yet alone Apple.

Re:competing against iTunes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14608994)

Google Video, in its current beta form, sucks. Wake me up in 2009 when it's finally released and has fewer bugs.

Re:competing against iTunes (1)

ClearlyPennsylvania (918245) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609385)

As I recall, that "prediction" was not in fact a predication. It was simply a statement that it would make sense for Google to do this. Congrats - you found some guy who thinks Google should create a music store. If I find some guy who'll say that it makes sense for Google to create an OS, does that mean that they are? Oh, wait, that's probably how this rumor got started.

Napster hoping for a miracle? (1)

Kefaa (76147) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608917)

If you were sitting in Napster's corporate offices in December, you were probably wondering what was worse, the quick death you thought you would get or the slow painful fall into nothingness you seemed to find.

Now, if Google is really interested, they cannot come out and say "please save us." They need, like SCO, to keep at least the illusion that they are viable so the price does not plummet before they can sell.

I do wonder though, what does Google get out of this?

In other news... (1, Informative)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608919)

Amongst many of the rumors lately, one has come to the forefront, and may be the end or beginning of us all.

According to the International Herald, God plans to acquire George Bush. More specifically, they state, God intends to acquire the office of President of the United States, and use that to help turn more people towards His Will, as well as enacting greater protection for national forests.

"Absolutely crazy," stated Vice President Dick Cheney, caught between heart surgeries. "God has never talked to us. Uh, well, myself. Ol' George says he's heard a few snippets here and there, but I'm not too sure."

However, the International Herald sticks by their piece, claiming to get the news from a source they would only name as "Gabriel".

We were unable to contact God before press time.

(I realize stock prices rise and fall based on the Rumor of the Day, but it's been crazy lately.)

This reminds me of... (3, Insightful)

Eightyford (893696) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608927)

This reminds me of the spending spree done by tech companies during the stock price boom of the late 90's. Google has now found themselves with a shit load of cash, and they figure they better do something with it before people realise how overvalued the stock is.

Re:This reminds me of... (1)

Shakes268 (856460) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609159)

EXACTLY!

Google is an over-valued company - most people just can't see it right now because of the "cool" factor that is Google and the awe of the stock price.

Back in the middle of the bubble we saw article after article of company gobbling up company after company. It's happening again.

Seems that Google's main strategy is... (1)

The_Hun (693418) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608943)

...leaking tips about its future strategy (like that previous news [slashdot.org] ), and confusing the competition.

When is he planning on graduating??? (5, Funny)

dbleoslow (650429) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608952)

Napster, founded by college student Shawn Fanning...

He must be having trouble chossing a major. I suggest something involving computers.

Google rumours (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14608957)

Seems google is about to buy everything.

Google CEO visits Vatican. Share price in Catholicism rocket.

And it shall be called ... (1)

kitzilla (266382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608963)

... Goopster, to go with the vaporic Goobuntu. Goo and Goop as far as the eye can see.

Oh Thank God. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14608964)

It's been, like, thirty minutes since the last Google story and I was really starting to Jones out.

Thanks for the Google fix.

Stop the whining, just give up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14608967)

Google FOR PRESIDENT!

Google Digest? Googleback? (4, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608969)

Hey editors...if you're going to insist on a news story every time someone from Google gets up and makes a peanut butter sandwich, can you at least give us a Digest version?

You know...instead of 3 (or more- it's only lunchtime so far) stories a day about Google, ONE Googleback?

If you think I'm joking, you're right. What I really want is a section for just Google, so that I can click the "NOT ON MY HOMEPAGE" checkbox.

While you're at it, I'd also like a "web logs" section, so that I can block crap like "Boing-Boing gets a scary letter from a 15 year old kid who 'called the FBI on them for harassment on the intar-web'".

Re:Google Digest? Googleback? (2, Insightful)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609053)

Just uncheck YRO. If I wanted to see fake lawyers yelling at each other I'd watch The People's Court.

Re:Google Digest? Googleback? (1)

dolphinlover (840075) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609240)

Good advice, yet if my eyes do not deceive me, the Boing Boing fiasco is listed under IT and not YRO...

Re:Google Digest? Googleback? (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609862)

Actually, it's both. If you go to http://yro.slashdot.org/ [slashdot.org] you'll see the Boing Boing story listed. Blocking YRO blocks all stories associated with the topic, even if they're associated with other topics you like.

Doesn't Nap run on MS DRM? (1)

scottsk (781208) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608971)

Isn't Napster just a me-too user of MS's DRM like everyone else? It's just a brand name slapped on top of MS's proprietary (but free-as-in-koolaid) media system, right? Why would Google buy technology (they sure don't want the logo/brand) based on lock-in to a MS proprietary DRM layer? Aren't they trying to unseat MS?

raphsody is more popular (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608976)

But I suppose that would make napster cheaper than rahsody which is $10 a month.

I bought my Ipod because of Itunes and I now realize there are much chaper alternatives. Its a wonder why napster never caught on? Price is alot cheaper than Itunes. But with google behind it I am sure it would become popular.

I am waiting for a google movie/audio player. Microsoft has monopolized the market which is a shame. Windows is now required to watch porn with some codecs which is hurting Linux. The only alternative is the crappy realplayer but no one seems to use it anymore.

Re:raphsody is more popular (2, Insightful)

westlake (615356) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609339)

Windows is now required to watch porn with some codecs which is hurting Linux.

What hurts Linux is the success of DRM'd media rentals and sales. When one click synchronizes your downloads to multiple devices, high-def for your plasma TV, low-def for the backseat of your SUV, the list grows to millions of tracks and titles, perhaps the entire RIAA and MPAA catalog, and the monthly fees remain within budget, no one will give a damn about "freedom."

Re:raphsody is more popular (1)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609456)

I thought it was just me who got this one...

Windows XP Media Edition, XP Media Connect, XBox 360, and several 3rd-party gizmos, linked with portable players, and powered by Windows Media DRM and sync technology. I don't care if I paid &pound;0.79 for a track if it's 'just there' on everything.

Apple need to get their Video AirPort sorted to keep competition for this 'unified media' thing alive. I personally think Apple have the upper hand, since one of their strong points is making things just work.

cahnge in strategy (2, Insightful)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 8 years ago | (#14608990)

I think what gave google the initial boost was just how it came up with its own way of doing things and how it tried to be unique. Goodle products were made by google people, and many of them were a result of employees just thinking up new ways to do things. Sure not always it was ground breaking, but they tried approaching challenges with a different perspective. If google starts buying up areas that it wants to expand to it will loose its charm. I think they are already beginning to face this challenge and loose some popularity because of their actions. Google wake up, every thing you do now is going to be scrutinized.

Google (0, Offtopic)

AndyG314 (760442) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609020)

To take over the world...

Noogle, Gnapster, Googster, Naggle & Napoogle (2, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609040)

The company in January told Reuters that it was not on the block. "The company is not looking to be sold, the management is not looking to step out. It's simply not true," a Napster spokesman said on Jan. 23.

NAPSTER HQ
DATELINE: LOS ANGELES
January 31, 2006
We are sad to report that the same spokesman was seen earlier today being taken out by stretcher crying,
"It can't be...it's simply not true! It's not truuuuuueeee!!"
Napster will neither confirm or deny anything until the stock price hits double digits.

Re:Noogle, Gnapster, Googster, Naggle & Napoog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609454)

The stock price performance today seems to confirm that Google is not trying to buy Napster. After the high opening prices the NAPS is making a dive to where it likes to call home at about $3.25 a share. Because some investors jumped on the rumor and wanted NAPS to ride the wave up the stock soared in the morning...for about 20 minutes.

Google : buy Napster ? No, we're not *that* evil. (1)

javaxman (705658) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609058)

I thought for a minute that this rumor might be true. I mean, since Google has decided it's not too evil to help the Chinese government censor the internet, what would the harm be in peddling badly DRM'd music ?

But then I realized, no way. Google might be evil now, but they didn't suddenly become stupid as well... they're more likely to buy a company that could possibly become profitable. Which pretty much excludes Napster.

apparently.. (1)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609069)

a search for the keyword "google" on google.com shows slashdot as the first result!

Wrong rumor... (4, Funny)

Fr05t (69968) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609073)

I don't know how this all got mixed up, but I am closely involved in Google's next acquisition. To bring all of these silly rumors to rest I am proud to formally announce that Google is going to buy my WANG.

That's right, it will be by invite only in it's beta stage next week.

Re:Wrong rumor... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609278)

It will be interesting to see how the incorporate Ad Words.

Re:Wrong rumor... (1)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609444)

..Google is going to buy my WANG...

Just like it boosted Napster's shares, this acquisition might boost your chances to get laid..

Microsoft Killer! (2, Funny)

pete.com (741064) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609086)

Oh man Microsoft is finished now!!!

Oh Sweet Jesus (1)

bryanporter (847667) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609116)

Please make this true.

The real question here... (0, Offtopic)

dbucowboy (891058) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609175)

The real question here is why these goofy stories are getting posted every time... I'm going to submit a story about Google opening a college for the lazy and gullible...

The buffet is losing out to a la carte (5, Insightful)

Y-Crate (540566) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609184)

When the iTunes store first opened, a lot of people at /. bitched and moaned about how terrible it was that you were forced to buy individual songs or albums. Who would want to do that when you can pay a monthly fee and listen to everything in the catalog with a subscription service?

As it turns out, a lot of people actually.

The "all you can eat" method sounds great in theory, but the tracks from the major subscription services are often saddled with layers of rules and restrictions well beyond those you find with iTunes. Extra fees for moving them to portable music devices, extra fees for burning them to CDs and oh yeah...when you stop paying your monthly fee, everything goes away. Hundreds of dollars over years gone with one missed payment. All that money and you own absolutely *nothing*.

iTunes is not perfect, iTunes has problems. The artists do get far, far less than they should, but that is due to the way the contracts are written between the labels and the artists. Yes, you are restricted to playing (but not storing) the songs to any 5 computers at once (which you can change as often as you like). No, Steve Jobs can't lower the prices to 10 cents a track like you so often hear the uninformed claim. Yes, you can put the songs on as many iPods as you want without restriction. No, you can't get higher-bitrate tracks even though that should be an option. Etc.

At the end of the day, however...you can buy one song for 99 cents and that song will be there for you to play today, tomorrow and next year, the year after, etc. Wherever you want, whenever you want. You can buy that one song, buy 1,000 songs it doesn't matter. You only pay when you want to pay, and you don't feel compelled to justify what you spend each month, because unlike Napster and the Yahoo! Music Store, you only get what you pay for, and you only pay for what you get.

The dominance of the iPod, and its incompatibility with the other services is only part of the reason iTunes' competition is withering on the vine. People want to feel like they are left with something at the end of the day, and iTunes delivers that better than anyone else.

Re:The buffet is losing out to a la carte (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609249)

People want to feel like they are left with something at the end of the day, and iTunes delivers that better than anyone else.

Let me guess, you are a member of the Black Turtlneck Mafia?

Re:The buffet is losing out to a la carte (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609308)

So, iTunes got about everything the other music services has minus subscription. And you magically says it's better.

For offering less?!?

Can you elaborate on that please...

Re:The buffet is losing out to a la carte (3, Insightful)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609353)

"and oh yeah...when you stop paying your monthly fee, everything goes away. Hundreds of dollars over years gone with one missed payment. All that money and you own absolutely *nothing*." If you are going to make criticism at least understand how the system works. If you miss a payment, you can simply pay again next month *and still get all the songs you had before*. What you are saying happens doesn't make any sense. Lets say I join netflix, if I miss a month's payment, when I join back I don't have to do something to build back up to having access to netflix's full catalog: the same thing applies here. So it's not if you miss *a* month; it's if you quit subscribing permenantly.

Re:The buffet is losing out to a la carte (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609580)

When the iTunes store first opened, a lot of people at /. bitched and moaned about how terrible it was that you were forced to buy individual songs or albums.
No. No, they didn't. The response was, in fact, quite enthusiastic.

Google (1)

TheFlyingGoat (161967) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609245)

Google google google google. Google, google google. Google google. Google sexy lingerie google, google google google. Google!

(bit of a Google overload today)

Vorbis (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609288)

Great, so now I can buy albums in FLAC and Ogg?

Re:Vorbis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609352)

uh no.

Google's motto is "Don't be evil". It's not "Be really stupid". Napster's a subscription service. That necessitates the use of DRM. It's not a store, you're not buying music. If you want that, go to iTMS.

Question (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609435)

Will Goognapster run on GoogOS?

google.gov (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609441)

$10 says the next /. article is: Google planning to acquire the U.S. gov't

(Would probably make the court case go a little easier)

I have heard that. (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609514)

Google is going to release a new version of their toolbar.
Google is going to bundle a bunch of useful software for the PC together.
If we are going to make stuff up how about this.
Google is going into Bio-tech.
Using Google's search experience and expertise in clustering Google is going into bio-tech. They feel that once they have enough sequence combined with medical records their search technology will find the genetic markers for all disease.
In a secret deal with the Chinese government Google now has over one billion blood samples and medical histories.

UPDATE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14609650)


  For all you financial wizards, Forbes [forbes.com] also has an article on the suggested alliance/buyout.

Sounds Unlikely. Motive for Rumors? (1)

camperslo (704715) | more than 8 years ago | (#14609795)

Does anyone ever investigate the investment behavior of the people originating these rumors to see if they're attempting to manipulate stock prices? After seeing that recent article suggesting that Apple had a battery life problem because of a Windows driver issue with the Core Duo cpu, I really had to wonder.

I really doubt that Google wants anything to do with Microsoft DRM. They avoided it with video. Buying Napster for the name makes no sense since it's a joke at this point. And buying it to have access to an instant library with distribution agreements seems unlikely, since those agreements are no-doubt tied to MS DRM and would have to be renegotiated for something else. About all it would give them would be faster time to market since they would have the music industry contacts. I suspect Napster is way overpriced to buy just for that.

I doubt that very many people would be drawn to a service having an inferior store, inferior DRM, an inferior PC client, and generally inferior players - just to get cheaper music.

I think to succeed they'd need to do something really different. Provide national free (ad-supported) WiFi and gives us ad-supported VoIP phones that double as music players, THEN we'd have a reason to have something besides an iPod. I think the player should be free or very cheap too. Especially if the music is a subscription service. We don't pay a bunch for a cable or satellite box when subscribing to those services, why should music subscription be any different? A cheap/free Music GooPhone could always be distributed with a drive/flash slot so the user could pick up the cost when they wanted a decent amount of storage.
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