Microsoft Music Store in 2004?
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft plans to introduce a music download service in 2004 and was recently hiring for a senior-level marketing position for the upcoming service.
First mention of a Microsoft Music Store came in June 2003 when Microsoft was said to be demoing their version of the online music store to record company executives. Bill Gates later confirmed that Microsoft was exploring the development of a music download service.
According to the article, Microsoft will be offering the service through its MSN Web site.
While Microsoft is only one in a series of music download services being launched over the next year, it has the unique position of being able to promote its service with all Windows installations which could provide them with a significant base market. Apple presently enjoys this advantage on the Mac platform with their iTunes jukebox software.