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MP3.COM -- The torch is STOMPED -- then passed

MP3.COM, once the haven for garage bands and free downloads of undiscovered talent, has been sold. CNET Networks has purchased the MP3.COM domain and brand name and has, as of Dec. 2, 2003, deleted the entire archive of submitted tapes, CD-ROMs, MP3s and other media that once graced it's site.
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More than 750,000 streaming and downloadable songs from more than 250,000 artists was destroyed by the myopic, cost-cutting exec-u-nazis at CNET Networks.
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"You can't find that music anywhere else in the world," MP3.COM's founder Michael Robertson said. "The music that MP3.COM has is going to go away forever. That's just a huge shame."
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Not all hope is lost, though. There is STILL a source of freedom from "Down Under." MP3.COM.AU, a company which has billed itself as "Australia's First Music Service Provider," is another content provider available for the up-and-coming musician.
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And in a message from Artist Support at MP3.COM comes word that the truSONIC Business Music Service (music and messaging service for retailers, restaurants and businesses) will be distributing content that was enrolled in MP3.COM's truSONIC Music Program. Small comfort for most artists, though, because this music will be filtered for the puplic ear, rather than for the narrow demographics that most of this material covered.

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