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Best Buy to Acquire Napster September 15, 2008

Posted by David Card in Media.
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Yes, and Circuit City used to own MusicNow. I’m not sure I see what’s different about market conditions now versus then, other than it’s a few years later and the market has consolidated.

– I see why a music retailer would want an online play, but I don’t usually think of Best Buy as a music retailer.
– On-demand music services are a fairly complicated product for a minimum-wage clerk to sell, but Best Buy has more skills than some
– I suppose there might be some hardware/services combos in the works
– I’m more bullish about ads supporting this business in the long run than anything else right now, and this doesn’t play to any strengths there

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