The Idol partnership gets top billing on iTunes.com, but barely gets a news blurb on the show's homepage. Presumably, News Corp.
Of course, I won't be surprised to see this particular media partnership fizzle out quickly. You could pay $0.99 for each audio-only version of performances on iTunes, or $1.99 per video clip. Or, trudge on over to Google's
Drop the audio-only price tag to about a dime, and a few show fans might bite. A quarter for the videos sounds feasible. But the current prices are way too steep. Just don't come back later and point to this failure as an indictment of download models in general. Napster
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