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New devices, dissent hit music industry

Sony says its new Walkman will be able to download music. Meanwhile, infighting mars a budding standard for digital tunes.

 

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Sony says its new Walkman will be able to download music. Meanwhile, infighting mars a budding standard for digital tunes.

"Certainly Sony coming in helps legitimize the market."

- PC Data analyst Stephen Baker

 


New Walkman can download Net music
update Sony MP3: Sound and fury introduces the next generation of its Walkman personal stereos, including a new device capable of downloading digital music that could reshape the nascent industry.

Antipiracy standard threatened
Music and electronics industry infighting may undo efforts at reaching a consensus on how to secure music downloads online, an impasse that could stunt progress at a critical stage for the nascent business.

Will CDNow and Columbia House be a hit after merger?
The online music retailers will presumably be humming a tune tapped out by new chief executive Scott Flanders once their proposed merger is completed. But will the new company rise to the top of the charts?

MP3 player market heats up with new Rio
update Diamond Multimedia begins shipping its latest portable digital music player, but the company's grip on the market may be loosening.