Microsoft Prepares Online Music Store
by Arie Slob
Hello Windows users,
Microsoft is preparing to enter the crowded marketplace for legal online music services, with the introduction of a song-downloading service next year. The product will be competing with offers from Apple Computer, BuyMusic.com, MusicMatch, Napster, RealNetworks and others.
Without giving many details, a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed that Microsoft's MSN Web site will offer a download music service. More details are expected at a later time.
The market is divided into three types of digital-music services: digital-music streaming services such as RealNetworks' RHAPSODY service, digital-music download services such as Apple's iTunes Music Store, and services that offer both features, such as Napster.
While Microsoft has not revealed its plan as to which service type they will choose, it could well be the "mixed" service. Microsoft already operates a music service in the UK called MSN Music Club, which offers both streams & digital downloads. Downloads are sub-divided in "Temporary" and "Permanent" downloads. The difference is that a temporary download can only be listened to from your computer, and a permanent download can be burned to CD and/or played on another device.
It seems likely that the UK service could well be the model for the US. In the UK, both a monthly subscription as a "Pay As You Go" option is available. The system works with "credits". For example, £1.49 (roughly $2.54) would get you 150 credits, good for 1 permanent download, up to 15 temporary downloads, or 150 streams.
Apple charges $0.99 for each downloaded song (and is reported to lose money hand over fist), so I'd expect to see pricing in the US at a competitive level. After all, Microsoft is sitting on a cash horde of some $50 billion, so it could take some losses until it perfects its system (and becomes market leader?).
Protect Your PC
Shield your PC against cyberattacks with FREE* Antivirus and Firewall Software!
eTrust EZ Armor Security Suite from Computer Associates, combines award-winning Antivirus with industrial-strength Firewall protection. Built specifically for today's Internet-intensive computer user, eTrust EZ Armor leverages the core technology CA has developed for the world's most demanding users including over 99% of the Fortune 500.
Easy to install and a snap to use, eTrust EZ Armor provides automatic virus updates, advanced email attachment protection, EZ to use firewall settings, activity control to stop website monitoring, ad blocking and cookie control features for a more enjoyable Internet experience.
Rose City Software
This little utility is simply amazing! I had no idea how fragmented my registry was. I am surprised that Windows does not have any built-in utility to do this! I was having a lot of problems with Windows crashing and once I ran this great utility, POOF! The problems disappeared. :-)))
And my whole system seems to work much faster now as well. I'll use this monthly to keep my system fine tuned! Thanks Rose City... Registry Compactor is the greatest!
Harris Johnson, Los Angeles, CA
More Info - Download Trial [1.05 MB]
Recent Support BBS Postings
Hide hard drives or deny viewing of contents - Windows XP
Delecting Blocked Sender's List - Outlook Express
No QuikView? - Windows XP
Hard Drive Lights up all the time - Hardware
What is folder C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch used for? - Windows XP
Web Site Updates
These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: Storage Hardware Vendors Qualify iSCSI-Based Products For the Windows Platform
How to Troubleshoot Registry Corruption Issues
There are many reasons why a registry hive may be corrupted. Most likely, the corruption is introduced when the computer is shut down, and you cannot track the cause because the computer is unloading processes and drivers during shutdown. Sometimes, it is difficult to find the cause of registry corruption.
Read Microsoft Knowledge Base Article
Storage Hardware Vendors Qualify iSCSI-Based Products For the Windows Platform
This week, Microsoft announced that 14 leading storage hardware vendors have qualified their Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) hardware products for use with Windows under the Microsoft Designed for Windows Logo Program. As a result, customers now have a wide choice of tested iSCSI hardware components designed to interoperate with Windows and the Microsoft iSCSI Architecture.
Read Full Article
Microsoft Fined $62.3 million in Patent Case
Last week a jury fined Microsoft $62.3 million in damages, after deciding the software giant infringed on a patent held by Imagexpo, a subsidiary of industrial and flow technology concern SPX Corporation. The company sued Microsoft in October 2002 in federal court in Richmond, Va., for using its patented technology in Microsoft's NetMeeting whiteboarding feature.
Read Internetnews.com Article
File and Printer Sharing with Microsoft Windows
File and printer sharing in Microsoft Windows allows you to share the contents of selected folders and locally attached printers with other computers. Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and Windows NT 4.0 support file and printer sharing. For each of these operating systems, this article describes the features, components, connection process, how to share a folder and connect to a shared folder, how to share a printer and connect to a shared printer, and how to manage file sharing in a small office/home office environment.
Download (1.6 MB Word Document)
Tell a friend about this Newsletter!
Need Help with Windows? Ask your questions here!
Our Web Sites
Rose City Software