Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Music announced today that their digital music download store will be shutting down and support will no longer be provided after September 30th. If a DRM downloaded track freezes up, Yahoo! won’t be able to help users fix it or provide back-ups.
For those who are still interested in buying music, the search engine company referred users to buy MP3s from their new partner, Rhapsody. Why is Yahoo! shutting down their digital music store? Perhaps the uphill battle against Apple iTunes is unbearable.
Below is the e-mail sent out by the search engine company.
From: Yahoo! Music [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 5:09 PM
Subject: The Yahoo! Music Store Will Be Closing; Important Information About Backing Up Your Music Files
The Yahoo! Music Store, along with the ability to purchase and download single songs and albums, will no longer be available as of September 30, 2008.
Songs and albums that were purchased through the Yahoo! Music Unlimited Store are protected by a digital rights management system that requires a valid license key before they can be played on your computer.
After the Store closes, Yahoo! will no longer be able to support the retrieval of license keys for music purchased from Yahoo! Music Unlimited, and Yahoo! will no longer be able to authorize song playback on additional computers.
After September 30, 2008, you will not be able to transfer songs to unauthorized computers or re-license these songs after changing operating systems. Please note that your purchased tracks will generally continue to play on your existing authorized computers unless there is a change to the computer’s operating system.
For any user who purchased tracks through Yahoo! Music Unlimited, we highly recommend that you back up the purchased tracks to an audio CD before the closing of the Store on September 30, 2008. Backing up your music to an audio CD will allow you to copy the music back to your computer again if the license keys for your original music files cannot be retrieved.
For further information on the closing of the Yahoo! Music Store, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Customer Care.
Stay tuned! While the Yahoo! Music Unlimited Store will no longer be available, Yahoo! Music has partnered with Rhapsody so you can still purchase your favorite tracks. Plus, Yahoo! Music will continue to offer users a complete online music experience with the largest collection of music videos, Internet radio, exclusive artist features, music news, and more!
Thank you for using Yahoo! Music.
The Yahoo! Music team
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