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April 15, 2005

Walmart's On-Demand Music Kiosks A Potential Hit

sptimes: It looks like the celestial jukebox we've all been waiting for is being flushed out with Walmart's latest innovation - "Entertainment at Hand" kiosks. While the selection is admittedly sparse (i.e. 375,000 songs from 15,000 albums) the fact that shoppers can create their own custom-made 3 song CD album with cover art for only $4.62 (and then $.88 cents per song after that up to 20) will no doubt be a huge hit, especially as the catalogue grows.....Kudos to Walmart for making this happen if the units contain major label content!

Posted by Todd in General | Permalink


shame its WMA...

Posted by: will | Apr 15, 2005 11:32:11 AM

Wow - instore Kiosks with custom CD burning.
What an original idea.

Kudos to you Billboard for being so cutting edge.


Posted by: john | Apr 15, 2005 5:59:35 PM

Yeah, and how original was Wal-Mart? Low cost retail...wow. And yet, look where they are now? Ignore Wal-Mart at your own peril...

Posted by: Rafat | Apr 15, 2005 7:11:24 PM

This is not newsworthy.

This model has been tried 13 times before and failed every time.

Get with it, music industry! Your world has changed. Embrace the digital revolution, or you will be left behind in the dust.

Posted by: Jackson Smythe | Apr 15, 2005 11:46:20 PM

Actually it's a bonus it's WMA since there is a broader audience of devices and options for the User.

Actually we feel the Kiosk Business Models are just now starting to get get off the ground. DRM being the key-enabler here for growth.

WalMart, MediaPort, StarBucks and others are just starting to to get Momentum. It will be interesting to see the evolution of this business.

Posted by: Christopher Levy | Apr 16, 2005 11:42:53 AM

While I certainly respect the retail power of WalMart and your comments, Rafat – the fact is they haven’t done anything ‘revolutionary’ in the digital music space. And this Kiosk idea is certainly nothing new. Sure, the downloads they offer are a whopping $0.11 cheaper than the rest… but, frankly – so what? Allow me to be the voice the music fan to you ‘insiders’ when I say that – until the industry shows the consumer some respect, we will continue to flock to p2p networks and Russian Mp3 sites. I’m 99.9% sure those little kiddies using these kiosks are buying those Top 10 Billboard hits on their cool, custom CDR, and heading straight home to rip that CDR and adding those hits to their “Shared Folder”.

As for you Mr. “BuyDRM.com” – I understand you’re excited to hear these reports. Hell, I would be too if I was Mr. BuyDRM.com! But if you’re smart, you’ll come to the same conclusion I have. As long as there is DRM protected media, there will be folks out there looking to break it. Treat the customer like a criminal, and they will - in turn - act like one. Treat the customers with respect, and you might just receive some in return.

Posted by: john | Apr 18, 2005 12:47:58 AM

Wow John, truly spoken words for a person who has no business wisdom at all. Stealing is stealing.
I have to lock my Beamer!
I'm not going to leave my keys unlocked in my car. Then tell my all clients, artists and people I don't know, that my car is unlocked, my keys are laying in the seat and I just wanted them to know that cause I RESPECT THEM.
And John Napster is over, you have to pay now and WinMX is shut down forever!
MY WISDOM IS EATING YOUR FILE-SHARING ASS ALIVE! LOL That's why we, as the music industry, are prosecuting individuals now of illegal downloads through file-sharing programs and that is why digital purchases jumped to triple what they were. Peace out.

Posted by: Jason | Oct 3, 2005 11:27:34 PM

We intend starting the concept in India to begin with as a Pilot and then proliferate

what do you guys say on this

Posted by: mANISH | Apr 24, 2006 4:57:56 AM


I hardly think that using the minimal protection available is considered "treating the customer like a criminal."

Would you make these allegations against your Cable provider or Mobile provider?

Sure people will attempt to hack DRM schemes and in return developers will heal this vulnerabilities. That is the business.

I think that you are making a big, unfounded leap in your statements.

Posted by: Christopher | Nov 24, 2006 4:17:21 PM

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