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HMV-MS partership leaves out Apple, iPod users

updated 07:55 am EST, Wed December 22, 2004

HMV-MS partership

UK music retailer to launch its own online music service in early 2005, leaving iPod users in the cold as well as bolstering support for Microsoft's WMA (Windows Media Audio) music file format. The Times Online reports that HMV will invest 10 million in the service "to exploit the growing market for buying music online legally," but that because the service is based on Microsoft WMA, iPod users will not be able to use the service. "iPods are not compatible with Windows Media at the moment.... However, while Apple has been incredibly successful, products based around Windows are going to push up their market share. It is going to be important that the service is compatible with Microsoft." The serivce will include a "jukebox" feature allowing customers easy management of music collections and would support 75 portable players currently on the market.




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  1. loudpedal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Compatible with Windows?

    What kind of compatibility are they talking about offering that the iPod/iTunes doesn't already give them? They are both already fully compatible with Windows.

    They had better be careful about getting into bed with The Beast. Apple has protected their creation by keeping it exclusive but their actions are nothing compared to the "scorched earth" techniques that M$ employs on a regular basis.

  1. mbryda

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Same old

    Same old thing.

    Problem is it's not going to happen. Apple has the lion's share of the download _AND_ player market. There may be 70 other MP3 Players out there, but I bet the one on 99% of Christmas lists is the iPod.

    There really is no compelling reason to use any of the online download sites. They all basically have the same catalog, prices are the same. So why would I care about HMV's entry or Napster? I have all I want from the iTMS...

    And were begining to see what happens in every industry. Everyone tries to get a piece of the pie. Most fail and you are left with 1 or 2 competitors....

  1. mouseketter

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Didn't Best Buy try this

    Didn't Best Buy try this with Rhapsody (or the new legal Napster), and wasn't that going to put the iTMS out of business. Now Best Buy sells iPods.

  1. gambit-7

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    On a related note:

    On a related note, I have bought three iPod minis for Christmas gifts this year, and will be purchasing iTunes gift certificates to accompany said gifts. The Apple Store in Cambridge had tons available but, in the twenty minutes I was there, people were snatching them up as if there were no other choices. On the other hand, two stores down, there was an electronics store that had the Creative mp3 players completely stacked up in their front-store display window, fully stocked, ready to go, and there was absolutely no interest as people such as myself walked by that store on our way to Apple's.

    Can't wait to see the numbers on the iPods come Macworld SF.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Q:

    Is HMV like some big retailer in England? Being a stupid american, I know not what is going on outside my own little world.

    And when will people realize that its not the store's owner that's going to start moving digital music, its content. If HMV can get a large catalog up that no one else has, then they've got something. Otherwise, they're just one of another 1000.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: On a related note

    On a related note, I have bought three iPod minis for Christmas gifts this year, and will be purchasing iTunes gift certificates to accompany said gifts.

    Gambit? Is that you gambit? Its your long lost brother Testudo! Hey, how ya been! Maybe we can get together for Christmas and exchange gifts or something!

  1. Commodus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: testudo

    "Is HMV like some big retailer in England?"

    Yes, very much so in fact. Major artists have been known to sign autographs and even perform at HMVs. We have HMV in Canada, too.

  1. gambit-7

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: On a related note

    testudo: LOL

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    HMV

    Even we stupid American's can shop at HMV. We have them in Atlanta, at least.

    -- jimothy, gambit's other long lost brother.

  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    i'm wondering..

    what part of "If you can't beat them, join them" is the most difficult to understand? :)

    In 2004, some people should realize that the automatic winner is no longer M$ :P

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