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CNET News.com: Free MP3.com technology takes cue from open-source movement

Jan 16, 2001, 21:10 (1 Talkback[s])
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"MP3.com on Tuesday said it would make its extensive online music database and streaming technology available for free to developers, letting rivals tap into its hard-won music locker service...."

"Many online music companies have expressed frustration with the progress of the record industry-backed Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), which some blame for stymieing new online music technologies and hammering Net music start-ups with layoffs and shutdowns...."

"Web developers who take advantage of the offer could create their own online music locker services without paying any licensing fees, said MP3.com's Oien. In addition, consumer electronics companies could create devices, such as portable MP3 players, that tap into MP3.com's online database."

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