Thursday, October 05, 2006

TOPIC: BestBuy, RealNetworks and SanDisk Come Together to Sell Music Online
With Apple dominating the rest of the field with its iTunes Music Store (88% marketshare) and its iPod music players (between 75% - 80% marketshare), everyone else is left to fight over the table scraps.
Microsoft has already announced its Zune Marketplace music store which will be tightly integrated with its Zune music player. Today we hear that Best Buy is teaming up with RealNetworks and SanDisk to launch the Best Buy Digital Music Store.
The digital music player that Best Buy will be promoting with its new store is the SanDisk Sansa e200R Rhapsody. The music store will be based around the current Rhapsody 4.0 service and will incorporate Rhapsody DNA. Songs will be downloadable for 99 cents apiece and a music subscription plan will be available for $14.99 per month.
Other SanDisk Sansa players are available at good prices -- including the E250 2GB MP3 Player, the E260 4GB MP3 Player, the Sansa E270 6GB MP3 Player and the SANDISK Sansa e280 8GB MP3 Player [also shown below].
Best Buy is a giant in its own right in the retail sector and it offloads its fair share of music players to the buying public. It remains to be seen whether its clout in selling players will translate into booming business in selling music.
Source: DailyTech

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