Microsoft has made it clear it wants a serious slice of the digital music market and has revealed a number of agreements at Comdex to help it make ground it has lost to MP3.
Microsoft has said that its Windows Media Audio will be compatible with Sony's copyright protection technology, OpenMG. Both companies will work to make Microsoft's audio compression technology work with Sony's pen size digital player, the Vaio Music Clip. Both OpenMg and the Vaio Music Clip already work on the MP3 format.
Microsoft has also teamed up with BMG Entertainment, a division of Bertelsmann. Fourteen BMG signed artists, including The Artist Formerly Known as Prince and The Foo Fighters, will release singles that can be played on the Internet using the Windows Media Audio format.
Every month, a new BMG artist will star on the BMG Artist Showcase at the online media guide Windowsmedia.com, with video and audio previews downloadable exclusively in the Microsoft music format.
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