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Old 08-06-2013, 01:18 AM  
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Libertarian Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Libertarian Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post

Who knew that 2013's first billionaire-libertarian-buys-major-American-newspaper story didn't involve the name Koch? And how far the once-infallible business model of newspapering has fallen....

Bezos, who was named one of Reason's "35 Heroes of Freedom" in 2003, has contributed money in the past to the Reason Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit that publishes this website. Reason on the Amazon founder here.

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:55 AM   #61
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Just a quick clarification... eMusic sold mp3's online 5 years before iTunes did. Rhapsody sold mp3's 2 years before iTunes did.

Let me tell you what this argument is about, and that will provide context on why I'm so defensive. Look, I'm not denying that Apple benefited from good timing, selling mp3's at a time when consumers were looking for legal mp3's as an alternative to pirated music. I'm accepting that. But that's not where listopencil is going. I think it's completely silly for him to discredit my point that Apple revolutionized the way mp3's were delivered to consumers, by using the counterpoint that iTunes was only successful because it wasn't piracy.

Knowing you had software programs like eMusic and that iTunes wasn't the only software program selling mp3s... wouldn't you agree that the primary reason Apple won is not because they were the only ones selling mp3 alternatives to piracy, but because they had by a mile the best delivery system?
I would agree with that, but I think listopencil would agree with it too. I'll let him correct me if I'm wrong about that.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:41 AM   #62
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I would agree with that, but I think listopencil would agree with it too. I'll let him correct me if I'm wrong about that.
Cool. It's just my opinion (and we'll see how it plays out) that Bezos can do something very similar in publishing. I don't know what that means yet, but that's the cool thing about innovative guys like him. Because there's no doubt that print publishing needs it. Even if the content stays the same, there's so much opportunity to gain subscribers and monetize ads that big publishers have struggled to do... while people here keep talking about content, I used iTunes as an example of a product that sold the same exact stuff and content, but packaged it in a way no one else is doing. I bet WaPo can do the same. In fact, I am confident of it, because I don't think Bezos invests in it if he didn't believe he could completely turn the place around.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:28 AM   #63
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Cool. It's just my opinion (and we'll see how it plays out) that Bezos can do something very similar in publishing. I don't know what that means yet, but that's the cool thing about innovative guys like him. Because there's no doubt that print publishing needs it. Even if the content stays the same, there's so much opportunity to gain subscribers and monetize ads that big publishers have struggled to do... while people here keep talking about content, I used iTunes as an example of a product that sold the same exact stuff and content, but packaged it in a way no one else is doing. I bet WaPo can do the same. In fact, I am confident of it, because I don't think Bezos invests in it if he didn't believe he could completely turn the place around.
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