Buy software as a service - from your corner store

El Reg nearly always has a fair amount of insight into what's going on but their article Napster nips into newsagents misses the point entirely. Of course Napster requires familiarity with the internet, but the new vouchers (which grant 2-4 months of Napster access) are not going to be bought by the user; they'll be presents from the uncle or granny who are already buying telephone cards and gift vouchers.

Interesting to see two emerging software trends in one day - both driven by mainstream consumer products targetted (primarily) at younger customers. Also related to software licensing, Microsoft are offering an amnesty for purchasers of pirate copies of Windows XP, provided they give full details of where and how they purchased it.

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