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Microsoft pushes online music entry

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Microsoft pushes online music entry

In a bid to dethrone Apple Computer as the king of the online music market, Microsoft formally launched its own service Tuesday.

Microsoft’s MSN Music service virtually mirrors the scope of music offered by Apple’s iTunes Music Store, with a library of more than 1 million songs from the five biggest recording labels and several independent companies. Microsoft (MSFT: news, chart, profile) is also matching Apple’s price point by charging 99 cents per songs.

However, Microsoft is trying to appeal to users of digital music players other than Apple’s iPod by pointing to its position as the world’s most dominant computer operating system. More than 70 different music devices can download songs from the MSN store.

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