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Digital music distributor MusicNet has opened a UK office ahead of the anticipated debut of numerous download services here over the coming months.

MusicNet's two key customers are AOL and Virgin, which last month announced its plan to offer an Apple iTunes Music Store-style download service with content delivered by MusicNet.

According to industry estimates, around eight new music download services are planning to launch in the UK this year, including Apple and Napster. MusicNet wants a slice of the action, and is here to pitch for business. It's up against some very well-established companies, in particular OD2 (On Demand Distribution) and the lesser-known DX3 (Digital Domain Distribution).

DX3 lists Recordstore and Woolworths among its digital download retail partners. OD2's roster is rather more impressive. It lists HMV, MSN, Freeserve, Coke, Tiscali, the Ministry of Sound among its UK customers. It also lists Virgin Downloads, but that seems likely to change when Virgin Digital comes to the UK.

Mooradian is MusicNet's Senior Director of Strategic Planning & Business Development. He's likely to have a good handle on the UK music scene having studied at the University of Kent in Canterbury. Prior to joining MusicNet, he was a senior music analyst with market watcher Jupiter Media Metrix. ®

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