Apple needs to find a way to swim upstream

The hard question for Apple is whether it can build a meaningful paid-subscription business without grossly cannibalizing its current per-track paid download business. There are very few examples of those two models being successfully combined within a single content service or a single billing relationship.

Try-before-you-buy YBuy subscription services raises $1M from Eric Schmidt

YBuy, a Southern California company, has built a monthly subscription service around the try-before-you-buy model for gadgets, appliances and other products and it’s getting a big name backer in Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, whose TomorrowVentures is leading a $1 million Series A round.