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MP3.com, Dell hear the music

The online music company turns to technology services, while the PC maker unveils an MP3 player, the first appliance-like product to carry the Dell brand name.

 

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The online music company turns to technology services, while the PC maker unveils an MP3 player, the first appliance-like product to carry the Dell brand name.

"We're a utility company. But we deliver music instead of water or electricity."

- Michael Robertson, MP3.com CEO

 


MP3.com recasts as "infrastructure" company
CEO Michael Robertson lays out the skeleton of a plan that could turn the music company's focus into something far more ambitious than its online music-portal roots.

Dell partners with S3 on MP3 players
The computer maker will jump into the consumer electronics market this week when it unveils an MP3 home stereo component that will be co-marketed with digital music specialist S3.

previous coverage
Dell, Gateway look beyond the PC
Both companies' growth strategies lie apart from the personal computers the companies are known for, executives say.

MP3.com CEO snubs record labels' pricing schemes
Embattled MP3.com's Michael Robertson criticizes the music industry for its online sales strategies, saying efforts to charge customers several dollars for digital downloads will not work.