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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 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 as well as in Walmart U.S. retail store will remain unaffected. Walmart Soundcheck ( 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 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...

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".

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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