Business

WHO THE PLAYERS ARE

KARIN MARLEY July 19 2004
Business

WHO THE PLAYERS ARE

KARIN MARLEY July 19 2004

WHO THE PLAYERS ARE

Business

NAPSTER

ARRIVAL: May 26, 2004. COST: $1.19 per song, $9.95 and up per album, or $9.95 month for subscription that lets you download all the music you want to PC. SIZE: 300,000-plus songs. OF NOTE: Subscription includes commercial-free online radio. Any songs downloaded to hard drive stop working when subscription cancelled. Napster Lite lets you buy tracks or albums to keep permanently without subscription.

PURETRACKS

ARRIVAL: Oct. 14,2003. COST: $0.99-$1.39 per song, $9.99 and up per album (plus PST and GST). SIZE: 300,000-plus songs. OF NOTE: Not available to Mac users. Sympatico subscribers eligible for special offers. The site is exclusively for Canadians and occasionally offers discounts on albums by Canuck artists.

¡TUNES MUSIC STORE

ARRIVAL: Not here yet, but with recent launches in the U.K., France and Germany, those in the know say it’ll be any time now....

COST: US$0.99 a song in the U.S.

SIZE: 700,000-plus songs.

OF NOTE: Can download and listen to songs only on an iPod MP3 player. ¡Mixes option lets you make your own playlists and rate those of others. Exclusive tracks include 150 out-of-print Motown songs.

KARIN MARLEY