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Walmart's MP3 Music Downloads Store
The retail giant couldn't compete with iTunes

Apple has become a force to be reckoned with over the last decade. As far as competition goes, Android is the leader in the mobile market, but Apple is slowly eliminating the competition through a series of lawsuits against Android device makers. In fact, Apple has managed to ban the sale and marketing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and the European Union. 

Now, Apple can add another notch to its belt as it defeats a digital music store rival -- Walmart's MP3 Music Downloads Store.

"After eight years in business, the Walmart Music Downloads Store located at mp3.walmart.com will close on August 28, 2011," said a certified letter shared with Digital Music News, a music industry website. "All content in the store will be disabled and no longer available for download from the store. The sale of physical record music products on Walmart.com as well as in Walmart U.S. retail store will remain unaffected. Walmart Soundcheck (soundcheck.walmart.com) will remain operational as a live streaming site without any download options."

Walmart originally launched its MP3 store in 2004 to directly compete with Apple's iTunes store. While the retail giant's considerable reputation and pull allowed it to offer music tracks for lower prices than iTunes (for instance, if iTunes sold a track for 99 cents, Walmart would sell it for 88 cents), Walmart couldn't compete with Apple's integration of iTunes with its newest mobile devices.



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Just Apple?
By rzrshrp on 8/10/2011 9:45:40 AM , Rating: 2
Amazon may have something to do with it too. I know they're small compared to itunes but I think they're more than just a blip on the market.




RE: Just Apple?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/10/2011 9:50:43 AM , Rating: 3
Apple's share: 66%
Amazon's share: 13%


RE: Just Apple?
By rzrshrp on 8/10/2011 9:53:01 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks. I couldn't find the current stats anywhere. I wonder what Walmart's peak share was.


RE: Just Apple?
By nafhan on 8/10/2011 2:01:53 PM , Rating: 2
At the risk of being called lazy, could you post the other major players in that remaining 20%, too (and maybe where you got your info)?
I'm curious and a quick Googling isn't giving me much info...


RE: Just Apple?
By sleepeeg3 on 8/10/2011 5:46:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I would also like to know.

Just a guess...
Zune
Napster
Rhapsody
7digital
IMesh


RE: Just Apple?
By Motoman on 8/10/2011 2:03:54 PM , Rating: 1
People are infinitely too stupid to even imagine that they can get music on their iPlod from anywhere other than iTunes.


RE: Just Apple?
By QueBert on 8/10/2011 11:53:31 PM , Rating: 1
Or perhaps they're like me and are content that they can get all their music from one place. I listen to a lot of unknown artists, and iTunes has pretty much everything I'm after. Amazon has a smaller selection, and isn't any cheaper. Why exactly again should I use their service? iTunes by far has the largest selection of music, I'm not going to say "fuck iTunes!" simply because Apple owns it.


RE: Just Apple?
By Pirks on 8/11/2011 12:32:43 AM , Rating: 1
People are infinitely too stupid to even imagine that they can get music on their feces colored (AKA brown) Zune from anywhere other than Zune Store.


RE: Just Apple?
By inperfectdarkness on 8/12/2011 10:12:30 PM , Rating: 2
while i am rejoicing at wal-mart being REJECTED, i do have to worry about apple. i'm not exactly certain that apple HASN'T gained sentience, and is now going by the name "skynet".


CDs for me please.
By rburnham on 8/10/2011 1:44:21 PM , Rating: 3
Why are online services getting the blame? I still buy CDs for all my music, because I don't want to be tied to a digital store or to any one file format. About a year ago I found out that Microsoft has a WMA Lossless file type, so I re-ripped all of my music to that and it all sounds better. In a few years, something else might come out that I like and I will want to rip to that. I just like having options if possible.

And while it is harder to find CDs in retail stores, Amazon and eBay are great places for that.




RE: CDs for me please.
By Yames on 8/10/2011 5:43:32 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, but most people can't tell the difference between CD and 256Kbs MP3 quality. And most people's equipment is not good enough for the difference to really shine anyway.


WOW
By kattanna on 8/10/2011 11:55:24 AM , Rating: 2
i didnt even know walmart was selling music you could download. much less for 8 years now

maybe thats their issue.. lack of awareness




By Rob94hawk on 8/11/2011 12:44:11 AM , Rating: 2
Walmart stopped selling mp3 because China wasn't making a profit.




Vertical market is king
By vision33r on 8/11/2011 11:42:07 AM , Rating: 2
This is where people underestimate the power of iTunes over others.

Once you have an iPod or iPhone, you have an intimate connection to Apple's vertical markets.

They make the browsing and buying experience seamless and painless compare to others.

This is why Amazon is in such a hurry to build their own tablet to match up to Apple. The Kindle did well for them, forced people to overpay for ebooks compared to real books.




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