So what’s the truth? The always enterprising and entertaining New York Post business reporter Tim Arango yesterday broke the news of a possible Napster-Google deal. Faced with strenuous denials, today he produced the evidence.
Somehow Tim got his hands on the PPT preso used to extol the virtues of such an alignment. Nonetheless, tight lips continued to prevail:
“Napster has declined comment, and yesterday, in a statement, Google spokeswoman Sonya Boralv said: “We have no plans to acquire Napster, nor do we have plans to develop a music store at this time.”
Ms. Boralv never directly disputes the existence of talks between the two companies, however. How could she? Tim had the smoking Powerpoint in hand.