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The online music site forms a strategic partnership with the Internet retailer.

Online music site formed a strategic partnership with Internet retailer to sell its music-related products.

The deal gives exclusive rights to sell CDs and related merchandise through's new-music section. In return, will open an specialty store, featuring music downloads from its more than 40,000 artists.

"Now fans can satisfy their tastes with mainstream music available at and customers can experience new music that matches their listening preferences," Michael Robertson, chief executive of, said in a statement.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The partnership comes amid speculation about's plans to compete in the future. The San Diego-based company went public in July to stellar demand, but shares have fallen in recent months after investors began to question its revenue streams.

Launched in March 1998, has a catalog of more than 250,000 digital song titles available for download. Users can play the digital tracks through their PCs or portable devices.'s specialty store for will let consumers download free music while shopping for electronics and other goods.

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