Motorola unplugs music stores in Singapore, India

The digital music service will cease to operate from next month

Motorola plans to close its Soundbuzz music store in Singapore and its MotoMusic India service next month, according to messages posted on their respective Web sites.

"We regret to inform you that the Soundbuzz music store will be closing down in July 2009," the message on the Soundbuzz Web site said, adding the store will shut and all user accounts will be closed on July 15. It advised users to download all of their purchased music and burn it to CD-ROM by that date.

A message on the Web site of MotoMusic India also announced plans to close the site on July 15. A similar site in Australia was closed on Feb. 1.

A Soundbuzz representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

Motorola acquired Soundbuzz in January 2008 for an undisclosed amount, hoping to make it the biggest online music store in Asia. The acquisition was meant to complement its MotoMusic service, which was only available in China at that point.

Besides Singapore, Soundbuzz had established operations in Australia and India. While the remaining Singapore and Indian music stores will soon close, the MotoMusic site in China appears to be unaffected.

Australian users are still able to access the iTunes and BigPond Music stores to download digital music in the popular MP3 and AAC file formats.

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Sumner Lemon

IDG News Service

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