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MSN Search and Music, Part Two

According to Joe Wilcox, MSN Music is not the competitor [with Apple’s iTunes] some folks in the news media seem to think it is. Nothing makes for better copy than a good scrap. Apple and Microsoft are considered by many as long-time rivals. But, Mr. Mehdi rightly recognizes that iTunes and MSN business models are different.

MSN’s Mehdi: “There’s a lot of financial benefit to Apple that is made on the sale of the iPod that we don’t have because we don’t sell that device ourselves,” he said. “I do think there’s a lot of opportunity financially for us on online advertising and on search efforts that music will help that we are going to invest in that will allow us to fund and drive.”