Sunday, January 14, 2007

RealNetworks' Rhapsody music service beats Apple's iPhone - Jan. 12, 2007

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.

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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.

Source: RealNetworks' Rhapsody music service beats Apple's iPhone - Jan. 12, 2007

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