Amidst much muttering into collective beards, Microsoft appears to be backing away from its plan to launch a subscription digital music service (DMS). The Wall Street Journal is reporting that it has walked away from talks with the big four music labels as Microsoft was pushing to lower the $6-8 per user licence fee, which is already in place with other services. As it is the technology supplier to all the major DMS bar Apple and iTunes, then it’s probably a logical move as it would have been competing with its technology partners on a commercial basis.

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