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MP3.com debuts next generation My.MP3

Online music distribution getting respectable

Online music site MP3.com has presented developers and music-industry decision makers with tools for connecting retailers, labels and music playing devices with hardware and software.

At the company's "Next Generation of My.MP3" event held yesterday in San Diego, California, MP3.com unveiled its Music InterOperating System (IOS) for connecting various segments of the music industry for the first time, MP3.com said in a news release.

The act of buying a CD, playing it on a stereo, and then putting that music in an online locker now consists of three separate transactions, according to Michael Robertson, chairman and chief executive officer of MP3.com, in the release. He said MP3.com hopes to connect a music retailer with a device manufacturer and an online locker service so that only one transaction is required.

The system's components can be downloaded from the MP3.com Developers Network (MP3DN), a program and online resource for developers looking to give consumers access to personal music collections from a variety of web sites or web-enabled devices.

MP3DN members can qualify to participate in a variety of free web-based marketing opportunities to connect their products to MP3.com's customer base, the release said.

The company also announced technology for integrating MP3.com's Beam-it software into developers' sites is expected to be available for download on the MP3DN site in the near future, according to the release. The Beam-it service lets consumers add portions of their personal CD collection to an online My.MP3 music account.

MP3.com will also demonstrate software designed to enable the wireless delivery of digital music and will feature presentations from music technology experts and demonstrations of new MP3 devices and mobile music players.

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