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The service, which Microsoft aims to have ready by the end of July, will offer users the chance to stream music for free and also download to own.
Peter Bale, executive producer of MSN, Microsoft's news and entertainment portal, told The Telegraph exclusively: "Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music streaming service imminently."
[edited by: encyclo at 1:49 am (utc) on July 14, 2009]
Competetion is fearce, you have to keep coming up with new ideas and proucts, otherwise you will be AOLized/AlltheWeED/MySpaced
edit :asas, sure did notice and smaller webmasters can outrank the sloppy big boys offerings quite handily right now.
Why don't they just buy Pandora?
Because Pandora is a failed service, IMHO. The algorithm it uses to tell users what music matches their taste isn't as great as Last.FM. Pandora also has a very limited number of international artists (who sing in English) in their database, whereas Last.FM does not. Not to mention slow server response times, music glitches. It's just too much work.
[edited by: SwitchFX at 10:35 pm (utc) on July 14, 2009]
Well, I believe that streaming copyrighted music is perfectly legal (think radio station)...
In the UK, a standard royalty payment is required for each record played. I presume is works in much the same way around the world. For streaming, payment is typically required per stream - youtube recently renegotiated its prices for UK-copyrighted music but I can't remember the price - something like .02p each I think.