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DELL DIGITAL MUSIC SYNCS WITH MUSICMATCH Dell's newly introduced Digital Jukebox (Dell DJ) music player — powered by Musicmatch software — will be available through the Dell Music Store (


Dell's newly introduced Digital Jukebox (Dell DJ) music player
— powered by Musicmatch software — will be available
through the Dell Music Store ( The Dell DJ
(4.1×2.7×0.86 inches, weighs less than a pound) comes with a
choice of 15GB or 20GB capacities ($249 and $329, respectively) and
features Hitachi's Travelstar hard drive. A built-in, rechargeable
lithium-polymer battery provides up to 16 hours of continuous
high-fidelity music (MP3 and Windows Media Audio) playback. The
included USB 2.0 cable connects the device to a desktop or notebook
computer and can charge the battery in lieu of a standard slim-line AC
adapter. A 2-inch backlit LCD serves up file information while users
browse with a front-mounted scroll barrel for one-handed operation. The
unit works on Windows XP/2000; plans for Mac compatibility were not

The Dell Music Store also features Dell Jukebox music store, which
provides a simple graphical interface between the user's computer and
Dell DJ, and access to Musicmatch Downloads. Users can download more
than 250,000 songs for $0.99/each and most albums for $9.99 (no
subscription required).


Within its first week, Apple's Windows-based iTunes Music Store sold
1.5 million songs. Two weeks later, The Wall Street Journal was
the first to report that Microsoft had confirmed plans to launch its
own music download store this month, joining Apple, Musicmatch, Napster
2.0, RealNetworks' Rhapsody, MusicNow and BuyMusic on the PC front. A
Microsoft spokeswoman did not give details beyond the early 2004 launch


Disc Makers' DAD (Digital Audio Distribution; provides independent bands
and artists an opportunity to sell their songs on sites such as Apple's
iTunes Music Store,'s Rhapsody, AOL's MusicNet, Emusic and

To qualify, an artist needs to have a CD out on the market. Once an
artist completes the sign-up process, he/she automatically gets CD(s)
distributed through CD Baby. CD Baby will administer the program and
use its encoding and tracking system to distribute and monitor CD
sales, keeping 9 percent of the net income generated from online
digital sales. The service is free with new CD orders with Disc Makers.
The service is also available for $75 to artists who do not make their
CDs with Disc Makers.


In a new spin on paying to download, Weed (
pays file traders to purchase and share music files. In much the same
vein as other services, users can preview a track (up to three times)
before having to purchase it. Users can play the track on up to three
computers, burn to CD and download to a portable player. Twist Number
One: The price is set by the artist. Twist number two: Buying a song
makes the user eligible to earn a share of future sales. For example,
if Rob sends a file to Sue, who then purchases the track, Rob receives
5 percent of the sale. If Sue then sends that track to Jon, who
purchases it, then Rob receives 10 percent of the profit and Sue
receives 5 percent and so on and so forth.

“If you pirate the music contained in a Weed file and
distribute it to others, you're not only ripping off the artist, you're
also ripping off yourself,” explained SML co-founder and
president John Beezer. “Instead of hurting artists, you're
helping them by promoting their music, so why shouldn't you get

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