Loudeye, Microsoft team on online music services

Digital media company Loudeye and Microsoft on Monday partnered to launch offerings that will help companies set up branded online music services.

Loudeye and Microsoft will promote Loudeye's new Digital Music Store and iRadio products, which allow businesses to offer music downloads or streaming media services under their own brand without the hassle and cost of having to build such services from the ground up, Loudeye and Microsoft said in a joint statement.

Initial customers for the new products are AT&T Wireless Services and Gibson Guitar, the companies said. AT&T Wireless is using Loudeye's offering for a mobile music service that it plans to launch next year, while a Gibson unit uses the service for a digital music jukebox.

The Loudeye Digital Music Store and iRadio products are based on Microsoft's Windows Media 9 technologies. Services based on the Loudeye products will compete with existing online music offerings including Apple Computer's iTunes and RealNetworks' Rhapsody.

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