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Amazon, MySpace Shakes Up Digital Music Scene

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Seattle MySpace members who want to download and transfer music to a portable device, such as Apple Inc.’s iPod, can now buy songs through Amazon.com Inc.’s year-old downloading service, which sells songs for as little as 79 cents apiece, according to the Associated Press. Apple’s iTunes’ store sells songs for 99 cents. The move is a part of a service launched on Thursday by MySpace that gives its roughly 120 million users free access to hundreds of thousands of songs from the world’s largest recording labels. The catch is that the music can be played only on personal computers connected to the Internet, and listeners have to tolerate advertising splashed across the screen. Amazon’s 79 cents download offer allows members to transfer songs onto their portable device.

The recording labels are betting these implicit recommendations will cultivate more interest in more songs and eventually generate revenue to help recoup some of the revenue that has evaporated as CD sales have plunged from $12 billion in 1999 to a projected $5 billion this year, the report said.

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Report: Marketside to open on Oct. 4

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PHOENIX According to reports, Wal-Mart will open its Marketside stores in the Phoenix area on Oct. 4.

Finishing touches were added to the four stores in the Phoenix area with signs announcing the opening date, which is less than a year after Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores arrived in the Southwest.

In signs announcing the opening, no mention of the parent company Wal-Mart is made. Instead the signs read: “Marketside. Recommended by food critics and financial planners. Come shop with us.”

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Amazon MP3 store to be pre-loaded on T-Mobile phone

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SEATTLE Amazon.com has announced that the Amazon MP3 music store will be pre-loaded on the T-Mobile G1, the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google. T-Mobile G1 users can search, download, buy and play music from Amazon MP3, which offers over 6 million DRM-free MP3 songs from all four major music labels and thousands of independent labels that can be played on virtually any hardware device and managed with any music software.

“Amazon wants to make it easy for customers to discover, buy, and play their music wherever they happen to be–whether sitting at their computer or on the go,” said Bill Carr, Amazon.com vp for digital music and video. “We look forward to the release of the T-Mobile G1, which will put Amazon MP3’s vast selection of low-priced DRM-free music at the fingertips of even more customers in more places.”

Downloading music from Amazon MP3 using the T-Mobile G1 requires a Wi-Fi connection but searching, browsing, listening to samples and buying MP3s can be done wherever customers are connected to the T-Mobile network. Downloaded MP3s can be played anytime on the T-Mobile G1, PCs, Macs or any other MP3 music player.

The T-Mobile G1 is the world’s first Android-powered mobile phone in an exclusive partnership with Google. The T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes the popular Google services that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps with StreetView, Gmail, YouTube and others.

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