John Paczkowski

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AT&T Targets Compulsive Spenders With New 'One for the Price of Two' Download Service

Does AT&T know how to craft a competitive value proposition or does AT&T know how to craft a competitive value proposition?

This morning, the company said it will soon offer wireless customers the ability to download music over the air from Napster–at a 50% to 100% markup over iTunes and Amazon MP3. AT&T is charging $1.99 a track, or $7.49 for five songs from Napster’s 4 million song library–prices that, while on par with those offered by Verizon Wireless, are double the 99 cents currently charged by not only Amazon and iTunes, but also Sprint, which reduced the price of its music downloads to 99 cents from $2.49 in March to spur demand.

Rob Hyatt, AT&T’s director of premium content, acknowledged the steep price point might be off-putting to some, but insisted it wouldn’t pose a problem for the impulse-control challenged. “They’re very price insensitive,” he told Reuters.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik