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Walmart To Close Online Music Store 92

Posted by samzenpus
from the survival-of-the-most-convenient dept.
UnknowingFool writes "Beginning August 28, 2011 Walmart will close its online downloadable music store. After eight years, Walmart will no longer offer music for download but will still sell physical music formats. Walmart will keep their DRM servers online for customers that purchased their music with DRM. Despite having cheaper music, the store's market is tiny compared to No. 1 and 2, Apple and Amazon respectively."
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Walmart To Close Online Music Store

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  • by Haedrian (1676506) on Wednesday August 10, 2011 @05:49PM (#37049700)

    In before "Its the pirates' fault"

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by guruevi (827432)

      It's the media's fault. Both Amazon and Apple have succeeded due to a relatively DRM free environment. I remember some people trying the WalMart site and complaining that they couldn't play it on their particular device because it wasn't blessed by Microsoft. Then they shut down their DRM servers effectively corrupting every customers library, after that they never recovered

      • Indeed, right after Walmart began this program, I decided to give it a try. Little did I know that the music wouldn't work on my mp3 player at the time and you couldn't transfer the music from one computer to another (I wanted to play my music on my laptop as well as my desktop). After this, their music service was dead to me and I never looked back. Luckily I only lost about $5 on the test, so I wasn't put too far in the hole over it (basically about the cost of a meal at some fast food place). I am cu
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 10, 2011 @05:51PM (#37049732)
    For how long?
  • the more you know. Not that I would ever use their service.

  • There is just no room for the little guy anymore.
  • ...nothing of value was lost.
  • by dcollins (135727) on Wednesday August 10, 2011 @06:27PM (#37050068) Homepage

    So anyone who jumps aboard their video streaming service announced 2 weeks ago [slashdot.org] can get a glimpse of their future right now, eh?

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      So anyone who jumps aboard their video streaming service announced 2 weeks ago can get a glimpse of their future right now, eh?

      It's just Vudu.

      In fact, VuDu just announced that to get around the App Store payment processor, they launched a web app - so they're streaming movies using HTTP Live Streaming.

      Now I just need an HTTP Live Streaming downloader...

      Likewise, Amazon has a web-based E-reader. Someone's probably going to write a simple tool to dump DRM-free ebooks that way.

      Perhaps Apple's HTML5 over Flash

  • I never even knew they had a music store, and would have boycotted it just the same as we have their big box stores if I had.

    Still, its ironic that the first time I hear about it is when it's closing.
  • Another example that starting AND maintaining a music / media service is not a simple task. First you have to deal with the nuts in Hollywood on DRM and music catalogs etc. --- Then you have to have a coherent vision for your service and superb software --- Oh, and it would be good if you had either a cool device for consumers ... or a seamless way for consumers to get their media to any number of other devices. Lastly you have to have staying power to go on and on and on and on

    Love it - hate it - or just u

    • by glodime (1015179)

      Love it - hate it - or just use it ---- iTunes has been there for 10yrs (an eon in tech time) ..... surrender, it just works .....

      You misspelled BitTorrent.

    • by tibman (623933)

      woah woah woah.. 10 years ago iTunes was not something you could buy music with or put music onto a device with. If you would have said "around 10 years" i would give it to you though. I would give you that it could put music onto the iPod.. but not that you could buy music. Wikipedia says the music store opened in April 2003. That was too late. Napster in 1999 changed the way many people got their music. Pirating became too easy! iTunes music store was not very nice in the beginning either. Low bit

  • Now I know i just read last week that Walmart was going to open an online Video store to compete against Netflix and now Amazon. I wonder what makes them think they can succeed at this when they failed with music and now why anyone would trust the service.
  • Having used the Walmart service a few times myself, I always found it to be a pretty good one.

    I remember being surprised at the extent of the catalog they offered, but that was at least more than 5 years ago.

    I should say that as highly as I value Apple's hardware––and used to swear by their software (now, not so much, just give us 'BSD for cryin' out loud)––I have never liked iTunes or its store.

    Walmart would've done better I think to put those "create your own mix CD" machi

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