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Napster Business Model
Author: Eric Soroos Posted: 6/26/2000; 3:53:49 PM Topic: Napster Business Model Msg #: 18122 Prev/Next: 18121 / 18123
A comparison: Used record store vs Napster
Neither results in royalties to artists/RIAA Used Record stores buy an apparently unlimited supply of albums, then resell them. Napster allows access to an unlimited supply of songs. Both turn people on to music that they would not otherwise buy, at prices that are less than a normal retail cd. Used record stores have a markup, and their cost of sales are not nil. Napster has no markup, nor does it have cost of sales. Used record stores have turned a profit, and they deal in real world goods. Used record stores have a better selection of non-popular music (at least in seattle, and compared to a couple recent napster searches over the weekend) The RIAA would rather not have either of them in existence
There are responses to this message:
- Re: Napster Business Model, Jacob Levy, 6/26/2000; 4:02:30 PM
- Re: Napster Business Model, Guanyao Cheng, 6/26/2000; 4:51:39 PM
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