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MySpace to open online music store

updated 02:55 pm EDT, Tue September 5, 2006

MySpace online music store

The popular social networking site MySpace says it will be the latest to open a direct-download music store which will compete with Apple's iTunes Music Store. The web-based service, an offshoot of MySpace Music, hopes that its access to 106 million existing MySpace users will give it an early advantage and offer a serious challenge to Apple, according to Electronista. "Everyone we've spoken to definitely wants an alternative to iTunes and the iPod. MySpace could be that alternative," said MySpace's Chris DeWolfe. Unlike most other services' attempts to compete in the digital music arena, MySpace promises flexibility by selling songs either through the main portal or on the user pages of artists and fans alike. MySpace will not dictate pricing but rather charge a distribution fee and leave the remaining pricing up to artists on MySpace, most of whom are independents currently unsigned to labels. Songs will be available in an unrestricted MP3 format that ensures compatibility with the iPod and other music players.




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  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hmmm

    non-uniform pricing, and the songs you download won't work on your new iPod nano. Plus myspace pages fail to load half the time anyway. I'm thinking this store won't be all that big.

  1. dreamryche

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re. hmmm

    The format is plain ol' mp3...it will work on any iPod out there. Myspace (love it or, in my case, hate it) is a huge resource for small-time and underground artists...I think this will do pretty well.

  1. bobthenob

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    won't work?

    The songs are MP3s so they'll work on the iPods.

    It's still doomed to fail as they are relying on all those honest MySpace Emo's to not share.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: hmmm

    non-uniform pricing, and the songs you download won't work on your new iPod nano. Plus myspace pages fail to load half the time anyway. I'm thinking this store won't be all that big.

    Apple has non-uniform pricing on albums and the like (I've seen cheap albums, expensive albums, and all in-between), and some songs aren't purchasable at all without an album.

    And though its moot, maybe you should have read this quote:

    Everyone we've spoken to definitely wants an alternative to iTunes and the iPod. MySpace could be that alternative,

    So it not working on 'your new ipod nano' is really not an issue, is it?

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