Napster Users Stop Buying Music Once They Figure Out Napster

from the so,-that's-how-Napster-works... dept

The latest Napster related study suggests that once Napster users get accustomed to Napster, they buy fewer CDs. Apparently it takes approximately 3 months for the common user of Napster to realize, “Hot damn, I don’t need to buy music any more”. Of course, they continue to visit online music sites – but just to find out about new artists. Then they head back over to Napster to download the songs. While other studies have shown that Napster does or does not increase music sales, this is the first I’ve seen that looks at Napster users over time. I’m sure the RIAA will love this study… Of course, I still don’t think there’s very much they’ll be able to do about it.

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mhh5 says:


When Napster turns for-profit, I wonder how people will feel when they have to pay $5 to let other people look at their own hard drives? Napster customers are providing the “content” to Napster and paying for the chance to do it. Sounds kinda strange, doesn’t it? I predict a massive drop in the “number of registered users” that might make Napster “useless” for a while.

u2604ab says:

Re: lawsuit central

Seems like the architecture of napster, as mhh5 implies, opens the door to your hard-drive. I wonder if napster-facilitated-viruses or napster-facilitated-hacking could launch the next round of lawsuits as people who pay for this service also suffer the occational inconvenience of this security issue.

Bafore Napster made money, this might have been an issue, but they really didn’t have money (aside from startup capital, and does that really count as money?) to pay damages.

mhh5 says:

Re: Re: lawsuit central

I think Napster is pretty virus-resistant. Since it’s restricted to mp3’s only, I think it’d be pretty easy to filter out attached viruses. The real problem in my eyes is that most people are freeloaders, so I think it’s unfair for the “freegivers” to have to pay $5/mo to be “freegivers” when they carry most of the burden. It’s like charging volunteers for volunteering.

Mike (profile) says:

Re: non-free-Napster...?

Well, the point of this story actually had very little to do with Napster specifically, or their decision to start a subscription service… I don’t actually think it really matters. Yeah, they will lose a lot of customers, and then perhaps one of the other p2p companies will create a nice user-friendly app that everyone adopts. I do, however, have trouble believing as the CEO of Napster predicts that people will flock to the subscription based Napster.

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