Online music service from the BBC appearing more likely

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Online music service from the BBC appearing more likely

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is considering partnerships with private businesses to sell music downloads. The publicly funded broadcaster is testing software called MyBBCPlayer to let users download its TV and radio programming, and plans to use its powerful presence to take its place among Internet media giants like Google and Yahoo.

BBC director-general Mark Thompson flagged a move into selling songs online in a speech at the Edinburgh Television Festival. “Everything we know about the online world suggests that it’s the big brands – the eBays, the Amazons, the Microsofts – that punch through and the BBC is one of the big brands,” Mr Thompson said.

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