Major players expected to participate in this rush include Apple Computer (AAPL ) through its successful iTunes Music Store. A Windows offering is expected from Apple for the holiday season. Also, RealNetworks (RNWK ), whose RealOne Rhapsody service is expected to debut new functionality for the important upcoming shopping season. And then there's Roxio (ROXI ), which is anticipated to launch Napster 2.0 as a legitimate music-download service sometime in November.
In addition, there's talk about giants like AOL Time Warner (AOL ), Amazon (AMZN ), and Microsoft entering the arena. It should be an exciting time for the industry and its consumers.
Q: Does wireless broadband access look promising? What stocks are the best way to play Wi-Fi?
A: We believe there are a few ways to play this evolving trend. The most obvious is to focus on buy-rated Internet stocks that will benefit from the increased usage, such as InterActiveCorp, Expedia (EXPE ), and DoubleClick (DCLK ). Another way to potentially capitalize on this development is to buy some of the companies that manufacture wireless devices that enable Internet access and firms that make the chi