On this edition of Crazy Apple Point/CounterPoint, we look at the competition between the iTunes Music Store and online subscription-based music services, such as Napster.
Taking the side for the iTunes Music Store model will be feared and respected Mac Internet pundit John Gruber. Taking the side for Napster will be a pack of wild baboons.
Mr. Gruber, you won the coin toss.
GRUBER: Thank you. The difference between the iTunes Music Store and subscription-based services could not be more stark. Apple’s model allows you to actually own, with certain restrictions, the music you purchase. Napster allows you to rent music, based on a monthly fee. Once you cancel your subscription to Napster, all of the music ceases to play. No more Judas Priest, no more Thin Lizzy, no more Iron Maiden. Just to name a few bands at random. Certainly, either model could be preferable based on how you listen to music, but Apple’s seems to provide more of a long-term return for your investment. Also, Napster’s advertising campaign, which sets up an inaccurate comparison to the iTunes Music Store as a straw man, is disingenous at best.
Thank you, John. Pack of wild baboons, your rebuttal?
PACK OF WILD BABOONS: WHOOOO!!! HAAAAAHHHHH!!! OOH-OOH!!! WHOOOO-OOOOOHHH!!! AAAAAAAAH-AAAAAAAAH!!! WHOOO-WHOOO!!! AHHH-AHHH!!! WHOOOOOO!!!
GRUBER: AAAAAGH! THEY’RE BITING ME! AAAAGH! NOT THE FACE! NOT THE FACE! HELP! HELP ME!!! NO!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!! AAAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!
I have a feeling it might be hard to get him to come back now.