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Net is alive with the sound of music

The early success of Apple Computer's iTunes music-download service inspires a slew of companies to attempt cover versions. Meanwhile, Napster prepares its comeback tour.

The early success of Apple Computer's iTunes music-download service inspires a slew of companies to attempt cover versions. Meanwhile, Napster prepares its comeback tour.
In a rush to market worthy of the dot-com bubble's headiest days, a stampede of companies is following Apple Computer pell-mell into the online music sales business.
July 28, 2003 

Mitch Bainwol, former chief of staff to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, will replace Hilary Rosen as chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America.
July 28, 2003 

Roxio says the new service, Napster 2.0, will likely debut during the holiday season, with the largest legal music catalog in the world--close to half a million songs.
July 28, 2003 

Jupiter Research cuts its forecast for online music but says it still expects sales in the industry to grow to $3.3 billion in 2008.
July 28, 2003 

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Company Chairman Bill Gates says the software giant is exploring ways to develop a music download service similar to Apple's iTunes.
July 25, 2003 

update Hoping to reprise Apple's early iTunes success, the company offers a catalog of more than 300,000 songs from major and independent labels--for computers using Windows.
July 22, 2003