It's hard to figure why anyone would do any prospecting in the stony terrain of digital-music subscriptions.
This week, Best Buy acquired the remade and beleaguered version of Napster for a song. The deal is likely bad news for RealNetwork's Rhapsody, the current engine behind Best Buy's digital music store and one of the pioneers in music subscriptions. (I wrote a sidebar about the troubles RealNetworks' Rhapsody may face if Best Buy walks.)
And don't forget, the Yahoo Unlimited subscription service was shuttered earlier this year.
The all-you-can-eat music services are the ones getting chewed up. … Read more