MusicMatch launches iTunes-like online music store

MusicMatch today launched its own online music store. MusicMatch offers “200,000 songs” priced at 99-cents each, a similar amount to Apple’s iTunes Music Store catalog at the time of Apple’s launch. MusicMatch is currently available to the U.S. The company promises to make 500,000 tracks available by the end of the year, according to Macworld UK.

Downloads are available as 160Kbs Windows Media 9 files. Reportedly, Dell will use a re-branded version of the MusicMatch online music store along with the Dell Digital Jukebox (DJ) music player in an attempt to approximate Apple’s integrated iTMS/iPod approach.

“MusicMatch CEO Dennis Mudd calls his 99-cents-a-song service a ‘breakthrough,’ because he acquired liberal usage rules similar to those in Apple’s acclaimed iTunes Music Store: Buyers can burn songs and transfer them to portable devices as often as they want. Apple’s service, introduced in April, has sold more than 10 million tracks to date. But it’s available only to Macintosh users


  1. Hmmm…

    99 cents a song
    $9.99 an album
    Only available in the US?

    Sounds familiar.

    Also, if you sign up now, you can win on of 99 Rio’s.

    On their main page, they state “Get the world’s best music player” Are they implying that the Rio is better than iPod?

  2. The interface is a complete rip-off. Surely there must be some IP law that protects this stuff.

    This industry practice where Dell move in after someone’s created a market is absolutely killing innovation. Not just as Mac users, but as anyone who enjoys progression in electronics must start convincing people to stop purchasing Dell. They’re greedy scabs that encite companies to stop innovating just so they can keep up with Dell’s murderously efficient assembly process and B2C ordering system. When the fat’s gone from the industry, there will be no money left for R&D. No competition.

    Support innovation. Support HP. Support Sony. Support Mac. Wal-mart and Dell are coporate cancers that need abating.

  3. So did they copy Apple’s FairPlay rights model or not?

    Instantly Download Tracks & Albums Quickly buy entire albums or purchase just a few select tracks. Hear a track on Musicmatch Radio you’d like to buy? No problem. Download songs as you listen. Then enjoy crystal-clear, CD-quality music anytime, anywhere. Add tracks to your Music Library, burn them to CDs, download them to portable players, and you’re ready to go!

    But not transfer songs to up to 3 authorized pcs, let alone the ability to deauthorize a computer? And can you burn unlimited CDs of the same playlist? Intelligent music lovers want to know!

  4. One reason Apple can still win if they hurry up…

    From USA Today:
    “The downloads are in the Windows Media format, which can be played on most modern digital portables but is not compatible with the most popular unit — Apple’s own iPod. “


  5. Apple has garnered even more of the laptop “market” yet this guy has downgraded Apple to “2%.” First of all, do any of these people actually EVER research this or do they just echo each other. Since some of “us” actually keep tabs on the computer industry, crap like this leaps out as us. Doesn’t it make you wonder about the VALIDITY of the rest of the stuff you read or see in the news? I mean, computers I know. I been in the business for better than 25 years. You can tell me anything about medicine though, I’d have to believe you. You can tell me anything about, oh, Iraq, and I’d have to believe you. When all the news outlets start echoing each other, I always think about how wrong they typically are about the Macintosh, and take everything they’re saying with one large grain of salt.

    Second, what is the “market.” When they say, “Apple has only x% of the computer market,” what do they mean? Are they saying that Apple only accounts for x% of all the computers in the world? Are they saying that Apple only sells x% of all new computers sold? Either way, where do they get those numbers. Would you bet that this guy did any research whatsoever to come up with his “2%?”

    As a Macintosh consultant, from my point of view, Apple seems to have 80% of “the market.” Hey, my observations are probably more accurate than someone just repeating what he’s heard.

    I have clients in entertainment industry, movies, music, designers, producers, directors, as well as lawyers, clothing manufacturers, publicists, people in biotech, education, etc. All day long, every day, I see Macs and work with pretty much nothing but Macs.

    In the city I live in there are, let’s see, there are 7 Apple Stores within driving distance, not a single “Dell Store” or “Gateway Store” and that doesn’t count all the other Apple outlets in the vacinity.

    Everyone who knows me doesn’t even ask, they buy a Macintosh OR ELSE! Ha ha ha! Seriously, or else means, “You’re on your own.”

    Saturday I was in the UCLA Computer Store. I watched 3 dual 2.0GHz G5s roll out of the store. I helped one guy who was a bit too old to get his to his car. Didn’t see a single PC being sold.

    I picked up my own dual 2.0 G5 on Thursday. The Apple Store had a shipment of 20. They sold out of them in 2 days.

    I guess I’m saying, it’s time for someone to update and challenge those often repeated figures. I really starting to wonder how much is truth and how much is perception.

  6. While you were helping load that G5 into the guy’s car, Dell probably sold 5,000 PCs online. You personal experience doesn’t matter. What matters is how many Macs are selling vs. other platforms, if you want to know the real marketshare. No entity monitors this correctly, measuring every outlet, so the real market share numbers are actually unknown.

  7. Wasnt musicmatch the outfit that suppored iPod on Windows? What happened – why did they turn anti-mac? [WM9 Only] Why didnt apple buy them out for the windows version of iTunes, or at least continue to work with them? What happened?

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