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Possible purchase suggests that Microsoft will continue a piecemeal approach to the consumer mobile market, rather than follow Apple's lead and build its own phone.
Confirming a story in the Telegraph, a Microsoft representative tells CNET News that MSN is making a return to the music service business, at least in Britain.
No wonder it's taking so long to get the Zune Marketplace ported over to Windows Mobile--Microsoft is apparently planning to let carriers to get involved in selling downloads over 3G.
Microsoft is advertising for a user experience designer to work on, among other things, "Zune Xbox."
As part of an effort to boost its presence in North America, the handset maker is planning a family of Windows Mobile devices, starting with a business-oriented device due this summer.
Combined elements of both companies' technologies will offer a catalog of digital music to mobile phone customers around the world.
Carriers say fees for copy-protection standards are too high--and they're threatening to go elsewhere.
Musiwave says its has secured permission to offer full-song downloads from all four major music labels.
Backers say new mobile music services will be big in Europe but admit the United States could be a problem. Photos: Vodafone's 3G explosion