WSJ.com - Amazon Appears to Be Moving Toward Offering Digital Music: "Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc. appears to be moving toward offering a digital-music service, joining a crowded field that includes Apple Computer Inc., Napster and RealNetworks Inc., among others.
Amazon has held talks with record-label executives in the past two weeks about licensing music, according to people familiar with the discussions. Amazon of Seattle has discussed a music offering that would include options such as song-by-song downloads and a monthly subscription service, those people say.
Amazon has discussed tapping MusicNet, a New York distributor of digital music, to support the service, people familiar with the talks say. Amazon indicated that it is interested in launching a digital-music service in the fourth quarter of this year, according to people who have been briefed on the discussions."