MSN Music: Leaving so Zune?
Just two years ago, Bill Gates promised a crowd in Los Angeles that Microsoft's MSN Music store would bring them freedom:
"Today, the dream of digital entertainment becomes a reality. People want to choose how and where they enjoy their digital media, and to easily customize their digital entertainment experiences."But freedom's just another word for no songs left to lose. As of next week, Microsoft is shutting down its MSN Music store, BBC News reports - and songs purchased on that store won't play on Microsoft's new Zune player.
Of course, it's not clear how many people will really feel that as a loss. As of May - when the most recent figures were released - MSN Music had a measly 3 percent of the digital-download market, according to NPD Group. Apple's believed to have an 80 percent share of the market through iTunes - and with the Zune, Microsoft's hoping to get a slice of Apple's pie.
... Seems to have the same sentiment.
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