2004 to Bring 'Free' Net Music

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    CNN writes 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 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.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Sep 22, 2002
    New York
    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.
  3. macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth

    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
  4. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    Napster and Miller??

    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.
  5. macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2003
    itunes will come out on top

    itunes will come out on top
    i hate this so many and too many:eek: :eek: :eek:
    i cant wait for itunes to come to canada:( :(
  6. macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2003
    Perth, NY, LA, London, New Delhi
    Free Music?

    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.
  7. macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    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.

  8. Guest

    Dec 30, 2002
    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.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2003
    Re: Napster and Miller??

    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...
  10. macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2003
    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.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    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
  12. macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2002
    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.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2003
    dallas, nation of texas
    So 2003 was the year of suing us for downloading music and 2004 is the year of them giving it away?
  14. macrumors 68000


    Sep 22, 2002
    New York
    Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut are all owned by YUM! Brands.
  15. macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    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.
  16. macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2003
    Where do YOU live?

    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 inside. It sounds like Napster may prove to be a major compettitor to ITMS, but the software interface isn't as cool.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 12, 2003
    which is a spin-off company from pepsi (1997), originally called tricon.

    pepsi == apple
    tricon/yum == filemaker
  18. macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2003
    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?
  19. macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    Yeah I remember that.

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

    Oct 11, 2003

    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.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2003
    While we're at it, McDonalds should also sell songs on their $1 value menu.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2003
    Re: Napster...

    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
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2003
    Not even the new year Yet ??

    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..
  24. macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2000
    Beijing, China
    Re: Re: Napster and Miller??

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

    Oct 2, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    McDonalds and Pepsi?

    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

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