Q&A with Napster CEO Chris Gorog

Peter Burrows

When it comes to making money on digital music, Apple Computer is by far the greatest show on earth. It’s sold nearly thirty million iPods since 2001, and should pass the one billion mark in songs sold via its iTunes Music Store in early 2006. But what about other companies? Record companies have added a lucrative, if relatively small, new sales channel by selling through iTunes--a bright spot in an otherwise dismal industry. But a seemingly endless parade of would-be digital music companies, from device makers to iTunes rivals to legal peer-to-peer providers, have so far failed to cash in on what looks like an inevitable mega-trend: from sales of physical media such as CDs, to digital distribution of music.

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