“Windows Media Player users will be able to buy music downloads from a selection of European online stores, after Microsoft and OD2 teamed up to lure fans away from Apple’s iTunes. The service, known as ‘SonicSelector,’ was developed by British-based download service OD2 and was unveiled on Monday at a press conference in London,’ Reuters reports.
“The announcement comes as OD2, long Europe’s dominant download firm, and Microsoft Corp brace for the European arrival of the iTunes Net music store, a launch that is expected to jumpstart Europe’s tiny music download market. Apple is hosting a press conference on Tuesday in London where, music industry sources said, it will announce the long-awaited European launch date for iTunes,” Reuters reports. “Over the past few weeks, Roxio has launched Napster in the UK and Sony Corp said it was readying the roll-out later this month of its Sony Connect online music store.”
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