Big Names Sign Up With iTunes Rival

Looks like iTunes may have a bit o’ competition! And, competition is good for consumers, so I say, “Bring it on!”

Big names sign up to iTunes rival

“Some of the world’s biggest record labels including Universal and SonyBMG have begun selling music through a new download service, challenging Apple. Customers can buy tunes through Gbox at the same price charged by market leader iTunes – 99 cents a track. Music fans can download tracks direct from Gbox or from the online retailer Amazon. However, only US customers can currently make use of the service. Gbox will also benefit from a special advertising deal with Google. The adverts, which will appear when a user searches for a particular term, such as the name of an artist, will link to the Gbox site. However, the search engine giant will get standard advertising fees rather than a cut of sales under the arrangement.”

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