Sony, Sharp, Pioneer and Kenwood developed under their joint venture Any Music Planning Inc. a module for Home Stereos to directly connect to Online Music Shops and buy music.
The Linux-based equipment will allow users to be able to browse, download, store and play song files, record them on a mini-disc or transfer them to other digital music devices, said Any Music CEO Fujio Noguchi.
The systems look like ordinary stereos except they have Ethernet ports and liquid crystal displays automatically set to access a Web site run by LabelGate, a Japanese online music shop that opened in August.
With the launch date set for some time in the spring 2004, details about how the service will work remain sketchy. No plans for the US market yet.
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