WSJ.com - Online Music's Latest Tune "So far, there have been two broad categories of companies selling digital music over the Internet: Apple Computer Inc. and everyone else -- a collection of mostly smaller competitors with a sliver of Apple's sales.
Now, the "everyone else" camp is about to be joined by a powerful bunch of big-name companies hoping to shake up the prevailing order in online music.
In the most anticipated arrival in the market, Microsoft Corp.'s MSN division next week will begin publicly testing an online music service that will compete head-on with Apple's iTunes Music Store and others in the market for 99-cent song downloads, say people familiar with the matter.
Not far behind is Yahoo Inc. with its own music-selling site, due out within months. Viacom Inc.'s MTV and Virgin Group Ltd., operator of the Virgin Megastore retail chain, also may start selling music over the Internet by the end of this year or early next year, people familiar with their plans say."
Too bad the new HP device won't be able to work with these services...