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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 9, 2006 at 3:15 PM

Bye bye Loudeye

Now that its sale to Nokia is announced, you’ve got to wonder just how much of Loudeye’s May restructuring was just primping the company for a sale.

I’m curious about how the deal will affect Microsoft, which has a longtime relationship with Loudeye.

Why didn’t Microsoft buy the company? On the surface it seems like it would have complemented either the MSN or Zune music platforms. Was the price too high, or is Loudeye’s stuff too outdated or specialized to fit into Microsoft’s grand datacenter plan?

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