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“With the bigger players — Microsoft, AOL , RealNetworks, Apple and Sony Music — all putting their cards on the table, the hedge-betting h…

“With the bigger players — Microsoft, AOL , RealNetworks, Apple and Sony Music — all putting their cards on the table, the hedge-betting has set tongues wagging about possible acquisition deals coming down the pike…[T]he cash-for-equity transaction [of Listen.com] included an option for Real to buy the company outright and analysts expect that deal to be the first in a series of acquisitions that will leave the fee-based music services in the hands of a select few.”

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