Rarely does retail giant Walmart admit defeat, but the Arkansas-based discount house is exiting the digital music minefield. The company began selling MP3 digital downloads in 2003 to compete with Apple’s iTunes, but the playing field has changed tremendously since then.
Apple is the leading seller of digital music, much of which is stored on Apple electronic playback devices. Online giant Amazon further split the sales shares with its digital music and downloader software.
Walmart officials simply called the move a ‘business decision’ and declined to elaborate.
Those who have purchased MP3 recordings from Walmart will be able to have continued access and file management from the store’s internet portal.