MSN delays music streaming service

MSN’s ad-funded music streaming service to rival Spotify has been delayed, according to reports.

The service, understood to have been heading for a July launch, has been pushed back to an unspecified date.

A beta service is expected within months, although Microsoft has not given a date when it will go live.

Microsoft closed its digital download store in April and is yet to launch a replacement service (nma 1 April 2009).

MSN Video is to start streaming 300 hours of full-length shows distributed by BBC Worldwide including Peep Show and Shameless this week.

Microsoft was unavailable for comment.

This story first appeared on newmediaage.co.uk

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