MTV Eyes Music-Download Service

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MTV Networks chairman Tom Freston said Monday that the programmer is readying a music-download service, Reuters reported.

Freston said the as-yet-unnamed service would debut during the first half of 2004, but he gave no further details.

"It will compete with [Apple Computer Inc.’s] iTunes and everyone else," he told Reuters in an interview.

MTV.com (www.mtv.com) currently lets users download music tracks, but they expire after a period of time and cannot be burned to CDs or uploaded to portable digital players.

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