Microsoft, Sony to partner on Internet music site

Microsoft Corporation and Sony Music Entertainment announced on Wednesday that they are collaborating on a new Internet Web site that will promote and sell innovative software, music, and video products. Sony will be providing downloadable music from its extensive collection of recording artists, while Microsoft will promote its streaming multimedia products, specifically Windows Media Technologies 4.0, which is due in final form this summer.

"Working with Sony Music Entertainment to use Windows Media for both streaming and downloadable music will help us deliver enhanced music experiences for consumers while offering new opportunities for Sony Music and its artists," said Will Poole, the senior director for marketing and business development in the Streaming Media Division at Microsoft.

Customers who download music and video from the new site will pay the same price as they would for the titles in stores, about $3.50 per song. A single song should download in about five minutes

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