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Sony to Launch Musiclub Redesign

SonyStyle.com will relaunch its Musiclub gateway, the electronics giant's consumer gateway to digital music, news and products.

Launching at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Saturday, Musiclub will feature more music downloads, up-to-date music news, reviews and artist coverage, as well as the most current information on Sony's portable digital music products and software.

The revamped version of Musiclub, part of Sony Electronics e-Solutions Company LLC, is designed to amass all the tools for researching and downloading digital music over the Internet in one site.

To be sure, the redesign comes amid troubled times for Internet music sites. Two digital-music outfits released bad news Wednesday: music directory Listen.com canned 25 percent of its staff while CD seller Musicmaker underwent liquidation altogether.

But Sony contends the Musiclub also comes with strong backing from streaming specialist Liquid Audio Inc. and the Bertelsmann-owned CDNow Inc., who will lengthen their partnerships with Sony along the way.

Musiclub members have access to more than 115,000 free and for-purchase music downloads from Sony Music, CDNOW and the Liquid Audio catalog, which can be personalized based on music preferences offered during the free registration process.

"As a complete online destination for the entertainment lifestyle, we are excited to offer a secure, comprehensive location for our customers to download popular music over the Internet while keeping with our goals of providing a one-stop-shopping environment where technology and entertainment converge," said Robert Ashcroft president and chief executive officer of Sony Electronics e-Solutions Co. LLC.