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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work