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Buy.com Opens New Music Store

Aliso Viejo, CA-based Internet retailer Buy.com opened a new online music store featuring the Billboard Top 200 single-disc CDs for $9.95.

Buymusic.com, now one of six Buy.Com specialty stores, incorporates expanded features such as sound clips, customer reviews, music recommendations and new releases as well as an enhanced customer support program geared toward making ordering online hassle-free.

Shoppers can choose from more than 180,000 titles within 14 different categories, including Pop/Rock, Alternative, Electronica, Heavy Metal, R&B/Soul, Rap/Hip/Hop, Jazz/Blues, Classical, Country, Folk, World, New Age, Soundtracks and Children's.

"This announcement heralds Buy.com's entrance into the music distribution channel, and solidifies our commitment to providing the lowest prices on popular products online," said Gregory Hawkins, chief executive officer of Buy.com.

The company said customers have instant access to Buy.com representatives on 24-hour basis, including live I-mail responses for instant online communication regarding product information, order status, service and returns.

Founded in October 1996, Buy.com serves as a portal to six specialty stores that offer popular consumer goods, including books, computers, software, videos and games.