On a note related to the closing paragraphs of the Randall Stross article in the previous post (South Koreans have unlimited music for $5/month after the market for CD sales collapsed there), a timely reality check on RealNetworks.
Yes, Apple's latest toy is seductive. But the iPhone does not represent the future of music. Fortune's David Kirkpatrick introduces the jukebox in the sky - RealNetworks' Rhapsody.
We're entering an era of ubiquitous wireless broadband, where data will be available to us wherever we go. In that kind of world, we will not need iTunes. I doubt most people will want to buy or "own" music at all. It will be far more useful to pick from a giant online library and listen to whatever we want wherever we are.
$10/month for Rhapsody at this point.