August 11, 2003 |
Dick Wingate spent the late 1990s on a largely futile mission: trying to persuade the major record companies to use Liquid Audio Inc.'s technology to sell songs that could be downloaded to computers. By the time top label executives were gung-ho about downloading, the market had been overtaken by free file-sharing services on the Internet. And Liquid Audio, which had morphed from pioneer to also-ran, had been gutted by dissident shareholders. Now, Wingate is president of BPOD Network Inc.