“Steve Jobs helped save the music biz from file sharers like Shawn Fanning and Wayne Rosso. Now Fanning and Rosso–the creator of Napster and former president of Grokster, respectively–want to save the labels from Jobs. Apple’s iTunes store practically created the music-downloads business, and according to NPD controls 70% of online sales. Says Rosso: ‘Steve Jobs has them by the balls.’ Rosso now heads a file-sharing service called Mashboxx, which bought Grokster’s assets and plans to start selling authorized downloads by summer. It has deals with Universal Music and Sony BMG and is negotiating with EMI and Warner Music. The service will be powered by Snocap, a system Fanning designed that lets peer-to-peer networks filter out ‘stolen’ files,” Robert Levine reports for Fortune.
“Rosso, 57, an almost cartoonishly outspoken former publicist, is spoiling for a fight. ‘Steve Jobs and Apple are going to be toast,’ he says. ‘There’s going to be a completely different landscape.’ Toast, maybe not–but the game may well change, if only because of two other entrants: MTV and Amazon.com,” Levine reports. “The former will launch Urge, an online store that sells music in Windows Media format, by summer. And Amazon (Research) will reportedly start a service that could include its own music player.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Blah, blah, blah. Too. Many. iPods. Substitute “BuyMusic.com” for any of the “iTunes Killers” above to find out how this oft-told story will end.
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