Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Music Summary

Just to summarize the results of my question from yesterday, in case anyone is interested: it sort of confirmed what I suspected. Lots of people are still mainly buying CDs more or less traditionally (whether online, or in brick-and-mortar stores, or, frequently, directly from the artist). A solid fraction are using iTunes at least somewhat, although it doesn't sound like many people have begun using it as their principal source of music.

Probably most interesting is the more or less complete absence of the "rental" model exemplified by Rhapsody and Napster -- even the folks using those services seem to be viewing them as lead-ins for purchases, rather than as a permanent lending library. It's too early to draw any firm conclusions based on that, but it doesn't seem to bode well for that model. I'm not sure how I feel about that: I find the model very interesting on an intellectual level, but I find the desire to own my music quite strong as well. I'll have to keep an eye on this -- I'm curious to see whether it proves to be a flash-in-the-pan concept that just doesn't work in reality, or whether it gradually catches on...

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