Table: Battle of the Brands
How Bertelsmann plans to dominate digital music
Team up with AOL Time Warner, EMI, and RealNetworks to create MusicNet, an online music "warehouse"
MusicNet gives Napster access to catalogs of three of the five major record labels. With Bertelsmann backing, Napster begins paid subscription service on July 1
Revenue from Napster customers motivates music majors to settle legal claims. Bertelsmann exercises option to take majority stake in Napster
Powerful AOL plans rival venture to Napster. Sony and Universal may prolong Napster's legal troubles to buy time as they set up their own online music site