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MSN Music Store To Launch on Sept 2

This according to this Rolling Stone story… the store will open to the public with somewhere between 600,000 and 700,000 tracks for sale at ninety-nine cents apiece. Within a couple of months, it will match Apple’s 1 million offerings, according to this story.

Ted Cohen, EMI Worldwide’s senior VP of digital development and distribution, has seen Microsoft’s site and describes it as “a better mousetrap” because it integrates the company’s search and instant-messaging technologies. “I think it will be a serious competitor quickly,” he says.

Also, Microsoft has made several overtures to Apple to make its store compatible with the industry-leading iPod but has been rebuffed, the story reports.

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