iTunes killer?

iTunes killer: Okay, we all know where I stand on the chances of iPod/iTunes juggernaut being stopped. However, Nick Wingfield in tomorrow’s WSJ previews the launch of Napster To Go.


In the new Napster service, subscribers will be able to download music onto their PCs, then transfer it to their portable music devices, as they do with iTunes. Users will be able to fill their music players up with as many songs as the players will hold — but it is necessary to plug the devices into their PCs at least once every 30 days, so Napster can verify over the Internet that users are still paid-up members. Stop paying the monthly fee, and the songs become unplayable.

Okay. I’m convinced. Not.

Update: I’ve decided to agree with Laura (see comments). If someone prefers the subscription model, why shouldn’t they have that choice? iTunes should offer both.

Magazines & blogging explored in February Folio:

Magazines & blogging explored in February Folio: Folio: Magazine takes a look at the whole blogging thing and what it might mean for magazines. Unlike the interview today on the public radio show, Marketplace, in this article, I actually make sense.

Unlike that radio quote, this is how I really talk:

“If magazines wade into blogging thinking it’s just like magazines or a Web site, they’ll discover how unfun life can be in Blogistan.”

Side note: My friend Cam Bishop is on the cover of the issue.


Hmmm: Rafat Ali ( reports “a rumor, half-fact or fact” that, “A major B2B media company, operating in content space similar to (, has started buying out blogs. The company hopes to develop B2B blogs focuses on various topics, using the specializes bloggers…”

I’ll be commenting on the topic (not, actually, this specific rumor) of media company blogging “properties” and the other “blog media news of the week,” blog custom publishing, at some point in the next couple of days.

As one can assume, I have muddled opinions on both topics.