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MSN Music to offer former's music catalog

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 17 Nov 2004 14:24 User comments (2)

MSN Music to offer former's music catalog Microsoft's MSN Music has launched a service that allows users to download music freely from independent artists. The service is a joint venture with who bought the old's music catalog after CNET acquired the legendaric site and shut down its artist promotion service last year.
At first stage, the selection available via MSN Music will be simply the selection of the former's, but it will be later boosted by tracks directly from's own selections.

Source: AP via Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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2 user comments

117.11.2004 19:24

Sofar every song I found costs at least a dollar. Not that I could actually buy one since the links do not work. Maybe Microsoft does not like Mozilla. I am curious to find out whether they actually offer high-quality MP3 files or only their rotten proprietary file format. Who would have thought that music from independent artists ends up on a web server of the convicted monopolist.

218.11.2004 17:40

It's a shame really, because when they were a going concern, I downloaded, for absolutely free, quite a few tunes in genuine .mp3 format (hence the name), and nothing cost me a dollar. Plus, they had some wonderful, one-of-a-kind songs. What has M$ done? Convert everything to drm'd .wma stuff? (Thanks but no thanks). And I really don't care if Micro$oft likes Mozilla or not -- as a recent convert, I certainly do. (Firefox/Thunderbird combo). I grew tired of wiping my hard drives due to viruses, and having to constantly download and install the newest "critical" windows-update every few days to plug the ever-increasing holes and patch-up the security breaches popping up everywhere. Hell, I don't even need to use a pop-up-stopper any more! I think the former catalogue of songs is in real crummy hands now. -- Pity --

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