“Napster is claiming its Napster To Go service ‘will change the music industry forever,’ according to Chris Gorge, Napster chairman and CEO. However, research group Forrester expects the service to herald a more prosaic shift,’ Matt Whipp reports for PC Pro.
“Paul Jackson, principle analyst at Forrester said that he expects, ‘subscription services will make a slight comeback’, but added the caveat that ‘they won’t replace per-track services.’ In the case of Napster To Go, once customers stop their subscription, they DRM kicks in to prevent them from listening to any of the music they downloaded while it was still active. Jackson described the service as ‘halfway between a radio station and downloading tracks’. However, he expected that subscribers will end up with certain tracks they’ll want to keep, and will be wary of the potential of losing them. ‘That is a barrier to those that consider themselves music fans,’ he said,” Whipp reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Again, if it doesn’t work with iPod, which Napster To Go doesn’t, it’ll have a tough row to hoe.
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