Yahoo's Musicmatch Jukebox canned

Yahoo is saying goodbye to its Musicmatch Jukebox program, and in a move highly reminiscent of its ongoing Yahoo Photos shut-down is migrating users to Yahoo Music Jukebox. The company says it has discontinued distribution of the program, and as of August 31, it "will no longer be offering Musicmatch services (On Demand, Radio Gold, Music Store) to existing subscribers."

Yahoo says to continue using the subscription services users will need to use a migration assistant app to move to the Yahoo Music Jukebox program (available via links on the announcement page). When you do, the Yahoo Music Unlimited service will replace Musicmatch On Demand.

According to a Slashdot post and user comments on Yahoo's Music Jukebox forum, a number of users are less-than-happy about the move. Some music with Musicmatch tags won't currently play in YMJ, according to Yahoo, and users say Music Jukebox lacks other Musicmatch features.

I don't use Musicmatch myself, but this move sounds much like what's happening with Yahoo Photos. Just when I started moving my photos to Yahoo's service, which offered free unlimited storage, full-size downloads and a nice interface, the company announced plans to close down the site. Users will have to move their pics to Flickr (now Yahoo-owned), Photobucket, Shutterfly or Snapfish by September 20

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Erik Larkin

PC World

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