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Microsoft set to offer digital music service

SEATTLE — Music fans have often viewed Microsoft as something like a bad cover band, one that pumped out uninviting facsimiles of Apple’s iPod and iTunes with its Zune players and service.

Now that the Zune brand is dead, Microsoft is once again in search of a hit in digital music. But this time it is marshaling some of its most powerful brands: Windows and Xbox.

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