Microsoft music plans seem off-key

Microsoft music plans seem off-key Microsoft plans to shut down its MSN Music Store this month. A report on CNet News.com claims that the store – originally launched in a doomed attempt to battle iTunes – will soon begin directing music fans to either the Zune Marketplace or RealNetworks Rhapsody websites. This is poor news for Microsoft’s existing hardware partners, as it clearly shows that for Redmond, support of the ‘Plays for sure’ programme is waning as the company applies its muscle to popularise its Zune player. The news comes as inside industry knowledge seems to agree that “no...

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