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Virgin Digital to enter online music business

updated 07:25 am EST, Mon March 8, 2004

Virgin\'s online music biz

, part of the Virgin Group, today announced plans to enter the online music store business. The company is developing its own jukebox software and will offer both individual song purchases as well as a subscription model. The store will use Microsoft's WMA format and is expected to launch by the end of August. "We're not afraid not to be first movers in this space. We think that if we time it right, it will be the second movers who win," Zack Zalon, president of Virgin Digital said in a statement.




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    They carry the iPod?

    Don't they carry the iPod? I saw him interviewed....what a s******. f*** YOU VIRGIN. Hehe. No really. f*** you. Losers.

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    RIPE

    Virgin digital is just RIPE to lose big time on the online digital music business.

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    not afraid

    "We're not afraid not to be first movers in this space....

    They're also not afraid to have a president use horrible English syntax.

    Besides that, all I have to say is "Woohoo! This rocks!" I have 62 in my office pool, so the more the merrier (that's 62 online music stores that start up by the end of 2004).

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    On the 'Virg' of Succes

    And if they price their downloads like they price their CDs and DVDs in their stores, I'm sure they're going to make a killing appealing to the upscale online consumer at $1.49 per song (or more).

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    Second Movers Win?

    Uh ... aren't you a little late to be the second mover? I'd put you at about 5th or 6th. Maybe if you time it right, you can be the 100th mover.

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    Momentum building for WMA

    It reminds me of how Edison invented the phonograph, striving always for the best quality in sound and technology. He lost out because his format was a cylinder, and all the copycat companies made records as a disc. Now who remembers that recorded music was first sold on a cylinder?

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    Re: momentum

    Well, you for one.

    Hey, but did you know the competing standards for TV included a large spinning wheel which spun to show the image on the tiny screen, and was actually the first choice at one point in the strive for a standard (I think until someone realized it would take a 6 foot diameter wheel to have a 9 inch screen).

    And who remembers that some guy named Alexander Graham Bell created the telephone using copper wires and some radio waves. I mean, he's been overshadowed in his life by the ones who really took the phone to the next level (like AT&T, who gave us the princess phone and renting phone equipment - you do remember when it was ILLEGAL to buy your own phone and hook it up to the phone lines, right?).

    BTW, Edison was such an egomaniac that he refused to believe any option but his was a good option. He promoted DC power as the best choice even though AC was much better at transporting power over long distances (h***, he even offered to execute someone with AC power to show how dangerous it was - the first attempt failed, however).

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    HA

    brilliant move you fools at Virgin!! Your lame WMA files won't play on the most popular digital music device OR on the best designed music library organizer (iTunes). You are destined to faiL!

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    BETAMAX

    Unfortunately the best doesn't always win and most popular can change overnight. Let's hope Apple gets more than just HP on board. History proves that software determines which hardware wins out. If to many people invest in WMA, the iPod and AAC could become BETAMAX.

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