Wednesday, May 11, 2005

YAHOO UNDERCUT NAPSTER

The resurgent Yahoo is about to debut its music renting service, which apes Napster's wonky business model but at about a thrid of the price. Yahoo will charge subscribers USD60 a year as against Napster's USD180. Of course, both systems don't actually sell you anything; if your subscription lapses your entire collection evaporates. There is an option to burn a track to a CD - but that costs 79 cents; less than iTunes' 99 cents, but then you've not already paid a subscription fee for that service. Doubtless it'll all roll out to the UK fairly soon.


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