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MSN Music shifts focus to Zune

updated 02:35 pm EST, Fri November 3, 2006

MSN Music shifts focus

Microsoft today announced that it no longer intends to run its MSN Music service as a self-contained music store. Beginning November 14th, Microsoft will direct customers who attempt to purchase songs from its website site to either Real's Rhapsody Web-based store or the Zune Marketplace. Microsoft will remake its MSN Music site to focus on live concerts, artist interviews, and free access to the existing MSN Radio service, according to Electronista. Microsoft first opened its MSN Music in September 2004 as a response to the iTunes Store and touted the wider range of compatible music players. The recent announcement of the Zune and its proprietary online store is regarded by many as evidence of frustration on Microsoft's part with its earlier, open-ended model and its lack of success relative to the closed system of the iPod and iTunes.




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  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    get ready MS

    "...evidence of frustration on Microsoft's part with its earlier, open-ended model and its lack of success relative to the closed system of the iPod and iTunes."

    i have a feeling more frustration will follow. MS is asking people to drop their ipod they own with all its accessories, and stop using the itunes store which they already know how it works, and buy all new equipment, all new accessories, and join a music store that no one knows anything about. MS would have better luck running up a hill covered in ice with one leg

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