November 6, 2000
Napster deal: if they build it, will you pay?
Author: JT Smith
Dennis Fisher at ZDNet eWEEK continues speculation on the Napster-Bertelsmann deal. "Among the issues that the new partnership must eventually address: other major record labels that are working on their own paid download services; the existence of alternative free file-sharing programs, such as Gnutella; and the biggest issue of all -- users' willingness to pay for online music." Sara Robinson at Interactive Week says "Napster's alliance with Bertelsmann could finally give the beleaguered music service something it's been lacking: a business model."