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Yahoo Combines Clients For Music Services

The integration into the new Yahoo Music Jukebox marks the beginning of migrating Musicmatch subscribers to one media player that will be used by all Yahoo subscribers.
Yahoo Inc. on Wednesday launched a desktop client that combines features from its Yahoo Music Engine and Musicmatch Jukebox, which were separate clients for its two online music services.

The integration into the new Yahoo Music Jukebox marked the beginning of migrating Musicmatch subscribers to one media player that would be used by all Yahoo music subscribers. Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., bought Musicmatch, which offers song and album downloads and a paid subscription service, in 2004 for $160 million.

"This new version of the Yahoo! Music Jukebox enables our users to take advantage of the combined strengths of the Yahoo! Music Engine and the Musicmatch Jukebox in one fully-integrated experience," Dave Goldberg, vice president and general manager of Yahoo! Music, said in a statement.

The Yahoo Music Jukebox offers a new audio equalizer, and improvements to managing playlists. In addition, the company is offering a Music Jukebox Plus for $19.99. The premium client features faster ripping and burning of CDs, custom CD printing and audio enhancements for imported MP3 files.

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