Microsoft joins the online music party

Last week, it was Wal Mart; this week it's Microsoft's turn. Wired is reporting that everyone's favorite monopoly will offer its own online music service sometime next year. Details are sketchy, but it's expected that the service will plug into Windows Media Player to offer DRM-encrusted digital audio downloads.

Microsoft certainly has enough cash to throw at an online music venture, but the company faces an increasingly crowded market of online music vendors. With so many new players looking to get into the online music biz, we really need to start betting on who will throw their hat into the ring next. Who's next? Amazon? Ebay? AOL? TR? Well, maybe not.

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