Microsoft confirms music store plans.....

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SpideyPod

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Nov. 17 ? Microsoft has at last confirmed plans that it will launch its own music-download store next year, putting it on the path to direct competition with Apple Computer?s iTunes and a growing list of rival digital song stores.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/994765.asp?0cv=CB20

Even MS is getting in on the action............... we'll see how many of these stores are still standing a year from now. Lots of competition and the market hasn?t even matured to the point of profit or widespread consumer saturation yet......
 

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Well, to be honest, microsoft already has a music service launched. I think it is only available to europeans though and was not promoted much at all. Have a look though, get Media Player 9 and click the subscribe button down the side, msn music club should be available.

Basically, you buy credits (2000 for ?20 for example, though there are deals) which you use to access the music. You can;
1 credit - stream a song
10 credits - download a song for use on your machine (no burning or uploading to mp3 players)
100 credits - Download a song to own,do what you like with it.

So, depending on how many credits you buy you can get a song for as little as 67p i think. Though this requires subscribing for xxx credits a month and not the 'pay as you go' option of buying 1000 credits in one go.

Anyway, it is quite clunky and the catalogue is quite poor (most artists do not have all albums available, some like Bob Dylan have the fringe albums that no one really wants).

So, there you go. The only thing is that it seems to be a contract thing, lots of companies (tiscali, virgin) are offering the SAME service. Looks like the record companies are letting businesses access their music and sell it over the internet.

Hope this helps.
Iain
 
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