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MacRumors
Dec 22, 2003, 06:12 PM
CNN writes (http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/biztech/12/22/digital.music.reut/) that "The great digital music giveaway is about to begin."

They expect that next year will mark a push by companies to push their music download services.

Already known is that Pepsi and Apple will be giving away 100 million songs on specially marked Pepsi products. Napster is also getting into the game with the Miller Brewing company giving away "thousands of Napster-branded digital music players and downloads next summer"

CNN also confirms that McDonald's has been discussing marketing possibilities with "a number of online music distributors". Rumors of a McDonald's/iTunes (http://www.macrumors.com/searcharticles.php3?searchterm=mcdonald&submit=Search) giveaway emerged in early November. (MacRumors has continued to hear hints that the deal is in place.)

The goal of all these giveaways appears to establish and foster customer loyalty and promote sales of related products.

Freg3000
Dec 22, 2003, 06:16 PM
The iTunes/McDonalds thing would solidify the iTMS and iPod market dominance for years to come IMO.

Not to say that they won't continue to be the leaders, but a billion song give away would seal the deal for me.

nuckinfutz
Dec 22, 2003, 06:23 PM
Not to say that they won't continue to be the leaders, but a billion song give away would seal the deal for me.


Me too. After over consumption of Pepsi and Mickey D's overtakes my body I'll have to bequeath my "free" songs to my son LOL

ITR 81
Dec 22, 2003, 06:26 PM
I guess you would have to be drunk to use Napster.

But it looks like Napster is not going after the kids but the 21 and above young adults market.

To me Apple has the best deal with Pepsi which everyone drinks unless your a water drinker or diehard Coke drinker.

And having McDonalds on board will even spread the general appeal of the iPod over the mass markets.

warcraftmaster
Dec 22, 2003, 06:32 PM
itunes will come out on top
i hate this so many and too many:o :o :o
i cant wait for itunes to come to canada:( :(

Nemesis
Dec 22, 2003, 06:33 PM
Yeah, we already have free music, it's on the radio. So, what's new about it?

Downloadable music will never be for free. And computers will never be for free. And iPods and other music players .. sometimes it seems to me that news people (CNN and similar) are just chattering with no brains at all.

scem0
Dec 22, 2003, 06:34 PM
I'm ready when the music companies are!

I'm all for free music ;).

I might have to switch from Wendy's to McDonald's though... That's not cool.

scem0

brandon6684
Dec 22, 2003, 06:40 PM
I guess Napster and Miller makes sense. Watered down music downloads with watered down beer.

The low end iPod rumors would fit in very well here since a lot the people getting this music may not buy the current hig end iPods.

x86isslow
Dec 22, 2003, 06:42 PM
Originally posted by ITR 81

To me Apple has the best deal with Pepsi which everyone drinks unless your a water drinker

aquafina is a pepsi/fritolay product, and is quite popular around our parts. so this pepsi deal.. just for the cola or also with the rest of their products? i buy their chips more than their soda...

rfenik
Dec 22, 2003, 06:42 PM
McDonalds is awesome. I eat that garbage 3 or 4 times a week... it's a great hole filler when you're dirt poor. I'd probably eat there every day if I got some free songs with my food.

ITR 81
Dec 22, 2003, 06:47 PM
Now they only need to make a deal with Taco Bells and Subway and Dominos( or Papa Johns or Pizza Hut) and they will pretty much have killed the fast food market

TylerL
Dec 22, 2003, 07:11 PM
Originally posted by ITR 81
Now they only need to make a deal with Taco Bells and Subway and Dominos( or Papa Johns or Pizza Hut) and they will pretty much have killed the fast food market
Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut are all owned by PepsiCo, so they may be involved in one way or another in the marketing of the 100 Million free songs.

rtype
Dec 22, 2003, 07:20 PM
So 2003 was the year of suing us for downloading music and 2004 is the year of them giving it away?

Freg3000
Dec 22, 2003, 07:22 PM
Originally posted by TylerL
Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut are all owned by PepsiCo, so they may be involved in one way or another in the marketing of the 100 Million free songs.
Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut are all owned by YUM! Brands (http://finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=YUM).

winmacguy
Dec 22, 2003, 07:28 PM
check this report out
9:00 AM] UK Newspapers: iPod Is Must-Have Device, Shops Can't Get Enough
A newspaper story has hit the stands in the UK reporting the iPod is red hot amongst Brits (including the Welsh and Scots, it would seem).[...]

It is hailed as the gadget to revolutionise the way we listen to music. David Beckham has one and now demand for the iPod is soaring.

But shops are struggling to cope with the clamour for the lightweight, digital music player which can hold 10,000 songs and is the "must-have" Christmas gift this year.

Selfridges in London sold out last week and the John Lewis chain is taking orders for delivery after Christmas.

GovornorPhatt
Dec 22, 2003, 07:36 PM
Just the other day, at a small rural gas station, I saw a poster for Napster: 15 songs for 14.85. I think that they were even selling Napster Cards (http://www.napster.com/napster_card.html) inside. It sounds like Napster may prove to be a major compettitor to ITMS, but the software interface (http://www.napster.com/images/gfc_screenshot_full.jpg) isn't as cool.

dashiel
Dec 22, 2003, 07:37 PM
Originally posted by Freg3000
Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut are all owned by YUM! Brands (http://finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=YUM).

which is a spin-off company from pepsi (1997), originally called tricon.

pepsi == apple
tricon/yum == filemaker

12ibookg4
Dec 22, 2003, 08:07 PM
didn't a few years ago pepsi and pizza hut do a song promotion where you picked songs on cdnow and they sent you a free cd in the mail?

ITR 81
Dec 22, 2003, 08:25 PM
Yeah I remember that.

Coke did something like that in the early 90's where you could win music CD's from them.

theevilmonkey
Dec 22, 2003, 08:27 PM
I sure as hell hope Apple and McDonald's team up for this promotion, because Apple makes some great commercials. I can't say the same for McDonalds. If I see one of those "I'm Lovin' It" ads one more time I swear I will just throw my tv out the window. They are truly that annoying.

theevilmonkey
Dec 22, 2003, 08:29 PM
While we're at it, McDonalds should also sell songs on their $1 value menu.

lewellyn
Dec 22, 2003, 10:26 PM
Originally posted by GovornorPhatt
It sounds like Napster may prove to be a major compettitor to ITMS, but the software interface (http://www.napster.com/images/gfc_screenshot_full.jpg) isn't as cool.

It looks like a really bad rip-off of the iTunes interface. Ew. Microsoft couldn't have done worse if they had tried to make WMP look like iTunes... :D

Sabenth
Dec 22, 2003, 10:31 PM
what would be great is if all the iTunes stores came online and this pepsi / Mackers deals were world wide just imagine that .. and what with supposed smaller cheaper ipods man who aint gona want iTunes..

suzerain
Dec 23, 2003, 01:01 AM
Originally posted by x86isslow
aquafina is a pepsi/fritolay product, and is quite popular around our parts. so this pepsi deal.. just for the cola or also with the rest of their products? i buy their chips more than their soda...

As I recall, the press release stated that the special caps would be on bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Sierra Mist.

vibinc
Dec 23, 2003, 03:08 AM
Umm, it seems to me that I've never seen a McDonalds that offered Pepsi. Granted I don't eat there often. Still, it would seem that Pepsi, being #2 in the soda wars, would want to set up deals with it's brands, as mentioned above, and perhaps have some kind of non-compete clause in the agreement.

KFC+Taco Bell + Pizza Hut < McDonalds

Just a thought.

- me

boskie
Dec 23, 2003, 03:59 AM
"I'm NOT Loving it"

We still need a full rollout of the Music store outside the states for real market domination. Here in England we pay way more than our european - and American - counterparts for CD's. The Music store would satisfy a hungry market for cheaper music.

If it was free. Well there would be mass Reclaim the Streets - Anti Capitalist ;) - parties with everyone wandering along listening to their iPods!!!

Bring it on, and Bring your MacD's and your Pepsi's. LoL

iChan
Dec 23, 2003, 10:38 AM
this is the sort of thing that is needed if digital music is really going to ingrain itself in the public conciousness as a viable source of gaining possesion of music. (I mean, as a legal, paying form)

winmacguy
Dec 23, 2003, 04:30 PM
Originally posted by iChan
this is the sort of thing that is needed if digital music is really going to ingrain itself in the public conciousness as a viable source of gaining possesion of music. (I mean, as a legal, paying form)

Just waiting for the big Announcement at MWSF 6-9 Jan 2004 which should hopefully include iTMS international (Europe, UK, Japan, Australia, NZ and the rest!)