For this week’s Engadget Interview, veteran journalist J.D. Lasica spoke with Napster CEO Chris Gorog about why the original Napster kicked ass, whether it’s better to rent or buy digital music, whether DRM still sucks, and when we’ll see a true celestial jukebox.
Let’s begin with a moment of silence for the old Napster. I’ll admit I used it. Did you?
Oh, I absolutely used it.
What was the attraction that drew 60 million users in about a year’s time?
I had a very passionate theory about that, and many questioned my logic, but I felt that it wasn’t ever about free. It was always about the glee of being able to instantaneously access virtually any song you could think of, download it, move it to your MP3 player. The free part was almost incidental to the extraordinary foundational change in terms of the way people could interact with music.