Yahoo Finally Dumps The Music Service It Never Really Liked

from the why-do-it-in-the-first-place dept

A few years back when Yahoo launched its music service, it was pretty clearly designed to fail. Yet, Yahoo kept it going for a while, despite the fact that the executives who ran the program clearly were not fans of the company's own offerings. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Yahoo has simply moved all of its subscribers over to RealNetworks' Rhapsody service, which is having its own problems adjusting to a changing music market place. One could hope that Yahoo's ditching of the music service is a sign that it's actually going to do something more interesting, but given this little merger the company may be involved in, it may be difficult to do very much that's unique or innovative.
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Filed Under: drm, music, subscriptions
Companies: realnetworks, yahoo


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    Mike (profile), 5 Feb 2008 @ 8:59am

    Re: Shenanigans!

    Microsoft IS unique and innovative... You can't become a monopolistic powerhouse without at least SOME of both. Granted, a lot of it is business/bureaucracy anymore but slamming M$ to sound cool seems beneath you, Mike...

    Ah, sorry, perhaps I wasn't clear. I wasn't saying that either company was not unique or innovative. I was saying that it's very, very difficult to launch a unique or innovative product *while going through a merger process* -- and I was focused a lot more on Yahoo, not Microsoft. Who at Yahoo is going to launch a really innovative product right now, while many people are getting laid off, and the fear that Microsoft will come in and layoff more people and kill off any products it doesn't like. If you're sitting in a to-be-acquired company, waiting for all the legal shenanigans to go through, it's pretty difficult to get anything innovative done.

    Sorry if that wasn't clear. It wasn't meant as a slam of Microsoft at all.

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