Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Let the Brawlin' Begin...

Amazon v. Wal-Mart.
Blockbuster v. Netflix
iTunes v. Everybody

It's a huge, bareknuckle fight for the championship in the digital download business. Read about the first bout on the title card here.

This competition will decide who has the infrastructure to handle downloading, what formats will win out, who needs to get out of the downloading business and (hopefully soon) lower prices and a set of standards for everyone involved. Some folks will have lost some teeth or broken a jaw.

Once things settle down we'll see where the niches (read: opportunities) are in the business.

1 comment:

Asphalt Planet said...

Even though it's specifically about music, I think this letter from Steve Jobs is the real opening volley in the war over digital downloads...

http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/