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Microsoft, Apple to offer music services in Australia

updated 03:05 pm EST, Tue December 2, 2003

ITMS for Australia

An Australian version of Apple's iTunes is , while Microsoft's Ninemsn joint venture has announced plans to offer music downloads beginning early next year, according to Australian IT. The article notes that the "Ninemsn's music service will sell music from BMG, EMI, Festival Mushroom, Sony, Universal and Warner Music in partnership with European music distributor OD2. The partnership will also provide music from independent labels such as Ministry of Sound and Beggars Banquet as part of a 250,000 track catalogue. Tracks will be available in Windows Media format. Ninemsn managing director Martin Hoffman said the company would also attempt to secure agreements with Australian-based independent labels."




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    And Europe...

    Looks like those a****** record label bosses are making Europe their last stand... I guess 1Euro per track doesn't fit in with their lifestyles huh.

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    iTMS downunder

    I'll believe it when I see it, they may also work out a deal with Kodak for iPhoto, anything is possible!

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    Makes me cringe

    The one thing that gets me is none of these a** holes like M$ or any other had the guts to stick their necks out like Apple with this whole music success.

    Then again none of them knew how to, so waiting for Apple to come up with the solution THAT WORKS, is generally how they survive.

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    NineMSN's street cred

    The NineMSN portal has a reputation of being a destination for people who watch Burke's Backyard (gardening) or current affairs programmes.

    Not the hip dudes who buy online music.

    We'll see I guess.

    A great pity Apple can't deliver iTunes in time to annihilate it.

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    f*** europe

    I'm immigrating down under!

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    Not true

    I think you'll find Apple Australia have done nothing on this front. There is no iTMS coming to Australia. Apple Australia don't even know what iTMS is.

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    Yeah, OK

    "Not the hip dudes who buy online music."

    Wow, you are a "hip dude". You are so cool.

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    AFT!

    About %$#@#$% time. Our copyright rules are really restrictive here (Oz). Time to change.

    Oh, and another vote for the photo service. COME ON APPLE!

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    Photo service? Why bother

    All these mail-order photo finishing companies are scrambling to re-invent themselves with the emergence of low-cost, self-service digital processing equipment.
    Discounter Costco offers 4x6 digital prints under 1 hour for $0.19 per print. Neighborhood drugstores offer the same for $0.29.
    Compare to Shutterfly at $0.49 (and you have to pay for shipping and wait a few days)... the writing is on the wall.
    And it integrates very well with iPhoto, all you have to do is burn a CD of the pictures you want to print, and take it with you to the store. Come back an hour later to pick up your prints.

    If you live in the boondocks, chances are these one-hour digital photo finishing kiosks will reach you before affordable broadband does: they're a simple, fairly inexpensive upgrade to most existing one hour photo minilabs.

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    Odd disparity

    Odd disparity bethween what the Courier Mail reports (http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,8049087%255E953,00.html) and what The Australian reports (http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,8040831%5E15318%5E%5Enbv%5E15306,00.html) They're are both Murdoch papers, and the usually share stories, with minor edits. The Courier doesn't even mention iTMS, just Telstra's [more expensive]effort. Hmmm. Conspiracy theorists start now...

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