CNET News Daily Podcast: Is free, ad-supported music downloading dead?

Greg Sandoval talks about what led to SpiralFrog's sudden death, and whether other sites have any hope of pursuing a similar model successfully.

Editor's note: Today's whole podcast has now been uploaded. Enjoy!

On Thursday afternoon when SpiralFrog quietly closed down , it became the second free music downloading site supported by ad sales to bite the dust this year. CNET News reporter Greg Sandoval, who broke the story of SpiralFrog's demise, reflects on the future of free music online and whether any model can dislodge Apple's iTunes dominance.

Also in today's podcast, Steve Ballmer speaks publicly about Apple, checking in on the latest battleground in the ongoing browser wars, turning trash into ethanol, and a look at the technology showcased in "Battlestar Galactica."

Listen now: Download today's podcast

Today's stories:

Requiem for a frog: SpiralFrog shuts down

Report: Ballmer dishes on Apple

TomTom countersues Microsoft in patent dispute

Browser war centers on once-obscure JavaScript

SonyEricsson warns of deepening losses

Mississippi to open trash-to-ethanol plant

The technology of 'Battlestar Galactica'

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.


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