Is There Any Company At All Who Won't Launch Their Own Music Download Store?
from the no,-really... dept
Okay, someone make it stop. Last week I mentioned HP’s plans to open their own music download store and wondered if there was any tech company that wasn’t planning their own music download store. Apparently, I was too narrow in my focus. Coca-Cola has announced plans to offer a music download store as well. It’s beginning to feel like the “feature” that everyone wants to add. “Oh yeah, our website has a spinning logo, a store locator, search functionality, customer self-service, and, of course, our own music download store.” Of course, this will be like every other download music store with silly limitations and bad pricing, but that’s the way things go. It’s difficult to see what benefit an outfit like Coke stands to gain. It’s way (way) out of the core competency, and most of these stores have been shown to act as loss leaders for other products (like music players). I’m not sure how music becomes a loss leader for soda. I’m sure there will be many more similar announcements before some sense of sanity is reached, and companies start shutting down or merging all of these download stores into just a few entities. Having all of these separate stores with different restrictions does no good.