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DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS - WEEK IN REVIEW

- Several companies unveiled quarterly earnings reports this week:

- RealNetworks showed handsome increases in total music subscribers, and remained in the Real_8 black once again. XM Satellite Radio showed strong subscriber and revenue increases, though profit losses remained problematic.

- Portable MP3 manufacturers iRiver and Creative both showed heavy profit declines. Reports from Napster and Sirius are coming next week, and Loudeye will report on November 9th.

- Apple introduced an iTunes Music Store in Australia, though Sony BMG remained a licensing holdout. And iMesh released a beta version of its much-anticipated, industry-sanctioned P2P application.

- And a new report this week showed heavy returns and an overall lukewarm reception of the Motorolalogo_5Motorola ROKR device. Consumers may have been expecting larger storage capacity, and an experience that more closely resembled stand-alone iPod models.

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