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Apple's iTunes Nabs 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' Soundtrack; BuyMusic.com Launches
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APPLE'S ITUNES NABS LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN SOUNDTRACK

The soundtrack to 20th Century Fox's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will be available exclusively in the U.S. at Apple's iTunes Music Store as an online-only release (i.e., no physical CDs will be pressed, distributed or sold in the U.S.). The score is by composer Trevor Jones (The Last of the Mohicans) featuring the London Symphony Orchestra. The album also contains two new tracks featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The album is available for $9.99.

BUYMUSIC.COM LAUNCHES

A new Internet music download site for PCs debuted in July. Although BuyMusic.com will offer a catalog of more than 300,000 tracks from the Big Five, users will not be able to transfer music purchased to multiple computers and portable devices. Its selling point is its a la carte price-per-download: $0.70 per song or $7.95 for a full album.

Users who have access to Windows Media Player (WMP) Version 9.0 can begin downloading songs immediately. The site will also store purchase information and bill a customer's credit card as they go. Users will also be able to preview songs for 30 seconds.

“We are doing things differently at BuyMusic.com,” added company founder/CEO Scott Blum. “The new buzz phrase is no longer MP3 players but ‘digital music players,’ or DMPs, and refer to any device that is compliant with BuyMusic.com's format and DRM technology. In addition to offering more songs and catering to the PC industry, BuyMusic.com will also offer video tutorials explaining how to use the BuyMusic.com Website, download music to a DMP or burn a CD. We wanted to make sure this store is the easiest place to download music.”

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