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