Yahoo to buy MusicMatch

“Internet company Yahoo says it will buy privately held music software company Musicmatch for about US$160 million in a bid to bolster its online music services. San Diego-based Musicmatch offers software that lets users manage digital music collections and listen to online radio stations. Customers also download songs from its music store,” Reuters reports.

“Boosted by sales of popular digital music players like Apple Computer’s iPod, the online music market is expected to grow sharply, and companies like RealNetworks and Microsoft and Apple are battling to offer more songs and software to users,” Reuters reports. “The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter, the companies said.”

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  1. i wish they would spend their time making my mic work with yahoo messenger and chat. cam works fine but no voice for mac? what’s up with that? and yahoo chat rooms are a mess on my mac too until i got chitchat.

    i dont think i want yahoo music on my ipod anyway ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Who cares. I have an iPod so if I want to ever buy any music online, I’m going to do it thru Apple anyway. Am I the only one that thinks over half of these so called online stores will be closed within a year?

  3. First’s music store gets relegated to the background,
    Real throws a mony-losing firesale in it’s first year of existence,
    now music match gets handed over for a cool 160 mill. to Yahoo. Meanwhile the lowly, will-never-make-it-alone, shame-on-you-Apple-for-keeping-it-closed iTunes Music store happily chugs along happily with a small profit.
    Sony, you listening? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Why do companies like Yahoo! insist on overpaying for crappy companies like MusicMatch? It’s not like anyone is yelling, “Oh man, I’ve GOT to download that MusicMatch!” It just seems to make more sense to forge a strategic alliance with the market leader (Apple) like HP did than to try to reinvent the wheel with inferior software, no hardware, and no music store in the first place.

    And they pay these CEOs millions a year?

  5. Yahoo is buying MusicMatch to compete with MSN having MSN Music. Both are going after the reap-a-few-cents-per-transaction model, starting first with music and then moving on to other digital media. Both couldn’t care less about music.

    Partnering with Apple doesn’t give Yahoo the cents for the long run, as Apple takes it. Of course, if they were an Apple iTunes Affiliate, they could get five cents per song ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Apple should figure out a way to partner with Google…

  6. Apple has already partnered with several sites with regard to iTMS. Look at the ad MDN has for iTunes. “Buy Tunes Here, Support MacDailyNews.”

    Apple should make more deals with non Mac centered websites.

    If Apple can convince to display a similar ad, Apple will have enormous exposure.

  7. there’s more at stake here for Yahoo than be able to say they have a music store.

    won’t matter much if they make or loose money, they have a footprint in this new business.

    they can make a lot more money with the content (i.e. web-advertising). plus, with their Portal and Search Engine, they will be able to tie-in. (think competition: MSN. not necessarily Apple).

    Adding MusicMatch to their existing music service, they will be able to brag that they gain marketshare. (lame, but companies do it all the time).

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