In Pictures: 5 boring domain names. Where are they now?

It's easy to forget the first Internet gold rush of the mid-to-late '90s, when dot-com domain names based on ordinary (and, investors hoped, marketable) nouns and verbs were snapped up by hopeful companies. Here are five of those generic domain names, and a look at their history.

Music.com

Music-mad teenagers don't remember a world without Internet, so it's reasonable that Music.com is a social networking and information site, complete with video and audio. But in 1996, the domain was occupied by MUSIC Semiconductors, Inc. (MUSIC stood for "Multi-User Specialty Integrated Circuits") -- because, really, what did the Web have to do with music?

By 1998, MUSIC Semiconductor, realizing that an increasingly nongeeky Web audience might have something else in mind when they entered "music" into Netscape 4.0, launched a Geocities-esque music site, maintaining their trademark and copyright mark on the bottom. But our engineering friends presumably decided to take the money and run: by April of 1999, the site was a straightforward music portal, ancestor of today's site.

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