. And they’re doing it with their new best friends, SanDisk and Real Networks.
Real and SanDisk already have a partnership aimed at Apple in the form of the Sansa e200 DAP and Real’s Rhapsody service. Best Buy’s input will likely be a subscription-based service at around $10 a month for unlimited downloads. Quit paying, and the downloads cease to work.
We’re not sure how else Best Buy aims to make this impressive, as it’s nothing new. What’s interesting, though, is that they’re pointing their musical gun between the eyes of the makers of the iPod, which should bring them some real money this holiday season.