More Napster Business Model Discussions
from the keep-it-up dept
So, if you missed Techdirt last week you missed two very interesting discussions about Napster (discussion 1, discussion 2). At least part of those discussions helped inspire one of the participants to write up a suggestion for a business model for Napster which he passed on to me in hopes that we could review it. The basic concept is that people would pay for the music they downloaded if it’s easy enough to do so. My initial thoughts are that it’s a bit more creative than most business models I’ve seen before in that it tries to make do with what’s available currently – though music players would need to be changed. I have no idea on the technical feasability (and wouldn’t mind if someone wants to comment on that). However, it still relies on the idea that people will want to pay for the music they download – which is a risky assumption in my mind. Plus, no matter what, it’s adding a layer of complexity to the process – and it requires that all music playing software work with the system. If anyone has any other thoughts… post ’em here.