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Broadband content deliverer On2.com has purchased QuickBrand Networks, a distributor of short-form entertainment. QuickBrand acquires and produces short independent films and music-related content, including interviews and concerts. Content, meet delivery. Delivery, meet content. Now how 'bout some stock options?... The only company to not have an agreement with Liquid Audio, Media X, has finally acquiesced. X's entertainment site, www.amuZenet.com, will use Liquid Audio's delivery software to offer more than 70,000 downloadable singles. Soon you'll never have to turn your computer off again... CD Warehouse has chosen Half.com as its exclusive on-line selling partner. The pre-owned music retailer will begin offering is inventory on-line. And you thought you spent too much time searching eBay for deals... The Musicland Group has landed a non-exclusive agreement to be a featured music store on the AltaVista portal. The deal provides for Musicland’s SamGoody site to have premium banner placement on AltaVista’s home page, its shopping.com home page, and other positions on its network. "Non-exclusive," of course, means that the two companies can still date around… Music.com and Guitar.com have entered into one of them there "strategic partnerships," wherein Guitar.com will provide exclusive content to Music.com. No word from Turnthatdamnthingdown.com yet... eDigital Corp., the people who offer engineering partnerships for electronics companies to link PCs, the Internet and portable digital devices, added Victor G. Ramsauer, CPA, to its board of directors. His job is to count money. What do you do?... Navarre's digital distribution subsidiary, Digital Entertainment, Inc., has changed its name to eSplice, after its favorite Spice Girl... Entertainment Boulevard acquired special effects company Digital Muse. It will allow Entertainment Boulevard to create original content programming for Web broadcasts. There's nothing funny about it... Treating the life-and-death issues of the rock music charts like a game, L&M Communications, via its UltimateBand.com site, has launched a fantasy music game. Unlike the real world, players can use their skills in guessing how specific releases will do on the charts for real money. Hey, that gives us an idea... BlackPlanet.com is sponsoring an open-mic search on 15 college campuses. The winner at each school will have their songs on BlackPlanet.com from May through June, with users voting on the top five, who will then compete head to head in June to win a spot on the "Heavy Rotation Volume II" CD. "Volume I" featured new songs from Prince and Toni Braxton. You can download it from Napster right now.

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