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Samsung bites the bullet: launching its own music service

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They've been playing footsy with their own music download service for a while now, but Samsung has finally announced that they'll be joining the club and will launch a MusicNet-based service this year. Now that Microsoft has practically abandoned PlaysForSure with its Zune offering, it's clear that Apple's iTunes/iPod two-fer model is going to be necessary to compete with the big boys. Unfortunately, that competition won't be taking place in the US for the forseeable future: Samsung plans to launch their store later this year in the UK, Germany and France, with the rest of Europe and Asia to follow. They'll have new players about that time as well, including the sexy YP-K5 -- we just hope they find it in their heart to bestow them on us lowly citizens of the Americas.

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