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Affiliation with TouchStand will also entitle stores to sell iPod players and accessories, with the promise that the TouchStand will later be equipped, in conjunction with Apple, to dispense digital music.

TECH ROUNDUP: TOUCHSTANDS AND BROADBAND AND MORE, OH MY

Kiosks Go in Stores, Music Choice Goes Broadband and ContentGuard Goes With TW

Choice in the Matter
TV music outlet Music Choice will launch its broadband service for cable-modem subscribers this month, via the web portals of its cable partners. The Internet version of the widely enjoyed service will offer 52 channels of music—the 45 available to TV fans, plus Chill Out, Indie Rock, R&B Hits, ’90s, Classic Disco, Old School Rap and Underground Rap. MC’s other content includes exclusive concerts, studio performances and interviews.

"As the pioneer of multi-platform content," crows MC chieftain David Del Beccaro, "Music Choice will be the first music television network to extend its broadcast music channels from satellite and digital cable television to personal computers. The new broadband music service expands the reach of Music Choice beyond its existing television audience of 34 million homes, providing us with the opportunity to reach a much larger, more diverse audience."

Touched by a Kiosk
It’s a digital record store! It’s a reference guide! It’s an ATM of music! Well, it’s all of the above. Loudeye and Synergy Media Group are rolling out the TouchStand Media Kiosk, an all-purpose gizmo for retailers that offers song samples, information, ordering and self-checkout, custom store pages and much more.

The device’s bar code reader allows customers to preview some 3.2 million tracks from CDs (courtesy of Loudeye) without unsealing them and even make purchases; the system is also designed to allow easy ordering and shipment of out-of-stock product.

Affiliation with TouchStand will also entitle stores to sell iPod players and accessories, with the promise that the TouchStand will later be equipped, in conjunction with Apple, to dispense digital music. In addition to being able to customize pages with store logos, sale info, staff picks and email/mailing list management, retailers should be further incentivized by the prospect of a monthly check for their share of ad revenues on the TouchStand system.

On Guard
Digital Rights Management (DRM) and digital distribution software maker ContentGuard is announcing that Time Warner has become a strategic investor in the firm, joining longtime champion Microsoft. Xerox, which developed the firm’s original tech, retains a small equity interest. With paid downloads and other digital distribution showing signs of actually taking root, ContentGuard hopes to position itself at the forefront of protecting content from piracy and making it easier to buy and sell.

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