YouTube to Explore Media Retailing
Until now, the Google-owned site has subsisted on advertising. That brings in a mere $200 million a year. That would look fabulous on your checking-account statement or mine, but it's small change to Google, which pulls in $27 billion a year.
YouTube would have some advantages in the retail world. For instance, if you watch a music video clip, and really like it, what could be more natural than buying the DVD or CD? For downloads, YouTube would link to Amazon's MP3 store or iTunes.