Saturday, December 06, 2003


Silicon Valley Biz Ink :: Biz Briefs  

Silicon Valley Biz Ink :: Biz Briefs: "HP jumps into Web music
Hewlett-Packard Co. of Palo Alto plans to introduce an Internet music store and portable music player next year, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal. The online store will sell song downloads sometime in the first quarter next year. Meanwhile, the music player will compete with Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod. HP's plans were first disclosed in an interview with Reuters. The market for online music has quickly become a crowded field. Aside from Apple, HP will face competition from Dell Inc., Microsoft Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Sony Corp., Viacom Inc., RealNetworks Inc. and Roxio Inc."

Let's see... About the only ones still not planning an online music store (at this moment) are Intel and IBM. Oh, well, it's all good for consumers, so we can't complain. It does make me wonder, given all the licensing deals that must be going on, if the RIAA should maybe ease up just a trifle on lawsuits, and let its public image improve. It surely looks like they'll be getting plenty of royalties from all these legitimate sources.

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