BTopenworld has bought online music company Dotmusic in a bid to boost its UK broadband offerings.
Audio visual content has been pegged as one of the killer apps for broadband, and BTopenworld's expansion into the online music arena will feature content from the likes of Britney Spears, U2 and Radiohead.
The internet service provider will take full control of Dotmusic's operations, but the Dotmusic.com website will continue as a standalone site with enhanced broadband services.
BTopenworld is also testing a service from ex-Genesis front man Peter Gabriel's OD2 music subscription service, which is set to become a legal alternative to Napster.
The future of Dotmusic had been unclear until this week, as parent company United Business Media had been considering selling off all its consumer media assets for more than 18 months.
Only last year the group closed down clubbing site Rapture and restructured Dotmusic in a move that prompted a number of redundancies.
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