Blame Microsoft. That’s what Napster did this week to expain its inability to catch up to Apple’s iTunes music service. From Reuters:
“There is no question that their execution has been less than brilliant over the last 12 months,” Napster Chairman and Chief Executive Chris Gorog said at the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit in New York.
“Our business does rely on Microsoft’s digital rights management software and our business model also relies on Microsoft’s ecosystem of device manufacturers,” he added.
Gorog said that eventually, the Microsoft system will prevail, echoing similar comments from the industry that Apple just won’t be able to hold on to its lead. Of course, they’ve been saying that for a while.
“It’s always been painful at the introduction of new technologies,” Gorog added. New? Apple unveiled the iPod in 2001.