“Samsung Electronics will branch out into the online music business, a field long been dominated by Apple of the U.S. Choi Ji-Sung, the head of the company’s digital media division, on Friday told reporters the firm is preparing a service program similar to Apple’s iTunes in collaboration with domestic and foreign partners. It is to be launched soon,” The Chosun Ilbo reports. “Choi claimed Samsung MP3 players were better than Apple’s but so far lacked the music service. Once Samsung has its own, its players will be a match for the iPods, he added.”
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Kim Tae-gyu reports for The Korea Times, “Samsung president Choi Gee-sung, who is in charge of the firm’s digital media division, made the remarks during a press conference late last week. ‘We are now in talks with our partners to debut a service program like iTunes of Apple. Our No. 1 priority is to help customers use our products with ease,’ the 54-year-old said. ‘Our items show healthy performances in China and Southeast Asian countries where iTunes services are not provided,’ he added.”
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Way too late. Samsung should focus on making flash memory and other components for iPods, there’ll be more money in that for them than wasting time and energy fighting an already-lost battle with Apple’s iPod+iTunes juggernaut.
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