Apple's iTunes and the online music services from Yahoo, Napster and Real might soon face harder competition from Microsoft. It is said that Microsoft is currently preparing to launch a subscription model for its online music store.
In September 2004 the company launched its MSN-branded music service, which sells individual songs through Windows Media Player. But it now appears that Microsoft is working with record labels and copyright holders to launch a new subscription-based component
Another rumour is that this new subscription service won't be integrated in Windows Media Player, but will come as a separated piece of software.
Apple's iTunes currently holds 82 percent of the online music market. Read more at ZDNet