My favorite bit from the latest USAToday
Apple has sold 6.5 million songs since April; BuyMusic won't release figures, but "it's not millions," Blum says.
I thought it was a bit suspicious that Blum didn't immediately start crowing about how many tracks they'd sold in the days after their launch. Didn't Mr. Blum say that he was expecting to sell a million tracks/day? I was a little worried at first, but I think that BuyMusic.com is a non-issue.
As for Napster 2.0, I don't know. There is certainly tons of name recognition, but the underlying product will have changed so much that
its original fans might not be terribly impressed. Plus, as recognized as the Napster trademark is, it's a name that has been dragged through the mud and has really been out of the spotlight for, what, a couple of years now? Seems like Roxio might have an uphill battle to let Joe/Jane Average know that Napster is now a legal alternative.
As for providing competition to iTMS, it may well do that. But, we really know very, very little about it. No pricing has been mentioned and no word on the license rights. Plus, it's not coming out until Christmas, so Apple still has a bit of time. And, if it really is using Windows Media as its codec of choice, then, IMHO, iTMS already has a leg up on N2.0.
No, the real worry, as always, is the beast from Redmond. Notice that MS has been strangely quiet up until last week when Bill finally mused that Microsoft might want to tie a music download service into Windows Media Player? They do that, and iTMS is toast on the Windows platform.
My 2 1/2¢. ;-)