Microsoft To Offer Music Downloading Service

By Deane Barker on November 18, 2003

Microsoft to Give Music a Whirl: This market is getting awfully crowded.

Microsoft plans to introduce a song-downloading service next year that will compete with similar offerings from Apple Computer, Roxio’s Napster and others. News of the service was first reported Monday by The Wall Street Journal.

A company spokeswoman confirmed that Microsoft’s MSN website will offer such a service, but declined to provide further details.