Best Buy, RealNetworks, SanDisk Conspire to Kill iPod, iTunes Best Buy Co. Inc. creates a music service powered by RealNetworks Inc.’s Rhapsody service and optimized for SanDisk Corp.’s latest digital music players. Called the Best Buy Digital Music Store, it is based on the newly released Rhapsody 4.0, and Sansa e200R Rhapsody players. The players will come preloaded with 30 hours of music from EMI, SonyBMG, Universal and Warner artists. The move is designed to rattle the 88 percent share of the digital music download market held by Apple’s iTunes service and the better than 50 percent share of the digital music player market held by

By Grant Clauser On May 15 New York City, NY electronics dealer Harvey opened up its new Loewe showroom, the first of its kind in the United States. The 600-square-foot Loewe gallery, on the second floor of the Harvey 45th street location in Manhattan displays the largest collection of Loewe products in one place. The design, modeled after Loewe's European showrooms and the company's CEDIA exhibit, features a very modern, minimalist look that perfectly complements the product design. Several new products were unveiled at the gallery, including two new Aventos 30-inch wide direct-view HDTV monitors and the Sheros 42-inch plasma HDTV monitor, Also new were

In its last issue, Dealerscope ran its annual list of the top 50 CE retailers. One reader — an independent retailer focused on high-end audio/video products —called me to complain after he received that issue. This dealer, who has been featured in several Dealerscope stories, including a cover profile, had a problem with the inclusion of certain dealers in the Top 50 list, such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Staples, Kroger and a few others. His position was that these were not CE dealers, and shouldn't be included in the list. I'm sympathetic to that, to a degree, but it's important to note that our

By David Dritsas At a press event in New York last week, Tivoli Audio, the small company that introduced itself to the industry last year with the introduction of the Model One Radio designed by audio legend Henry Kloss, expanded its line beyond just one product. It has also started a new brand, Tivoli Design, that will cater to higher end a/v stores, such as Tweeter stores, and custom installers. Last year's introduction of the Model One Table Top radio was met with success, according to Tivoli CEO Tom DeVesto. Although he would not comment on specific sales figures, DeVesto said, "This is the largest selling

U.S. Listing for the consumer Electronics and Major Appliance trade In this section, Dealerscope profiles the top 10 retail demographic market areas, reporting on 1999 retail entrances and exits, regional economic highlights and outlooks for 2000. 1. New York City Entrances & Exits: When Circuit City opened its first store in New York City in 1998, it proved to other national chains that the big rent of the big city is quickly compensated by the big spenders in the big city. Consequently, the Big Apple in the last year saw even more megastore openings. Office Depot opened its first Manhattan store—a 21,000-sq.-ft .store

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