Walmart to close MP3 online music store this coming August 29

By on Aug 11, 2011 in Business, Entertainment, Internet, Music, United States Comments

Walmart is being set to close its MP3 online store this coming August 29, with the company noting that they have already informed their licensing partners.



Walmart MP3 online music store
Screenshot Credit: mp3.walmart.com/store

According to Digital Music News on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, they acquired a copy of the letter from Walmart announcing the closure of MP3 online store as shown below.

“After eight years in business, the Walmart Music Downloads Store located at mp3.walmart.com will close on August 28, 2011. 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 US retail stores will remain unaffected. Walmart Soundcheck (soundcheck.walmart.com) will remain operational but without any download options.”

“We’ve made a business decision to no longer offer MP3 digital tracks as of August 29, 2011,” a representative of Walmart was quoted in a statement at DigitalMusicNews.com, noting that older, protected files will still be supported.

As noted at the New York Times also on Tuesday, Walmart Music Downloads Store started selling digital music (MP3) in the late months of 2003 to compete with Apple’s iTunes store.

Walmart sold digital music items for 88 cents each, which is lower than those at iTunes, which opened earlier that year and selling the same items for 99 cents.

As of this writing, there is no official statement from Walmart regarding this issue but iTunes notably dominated the market, which became more popular and has more MP3 than any other store.



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