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
Microsoft to launch digital music subscription service?
Posted on Friday, June 10 2005 @ 8:50 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck