Microsoft plans to buy mobile music provider Musiwave in a bid to shore up its consumer mobile offerings. No financial details were disclosed though Microsoft will acquire Musiwave from Openwave, which in turn bought the company for $121 million in 2005.
Microsoft said the acquisition would bring together Musiwave’s relationships with music labels, device makers and operators with Microsoft products and services including Windows Mobile, Zune, MSN and Windows Live. In its announcement about the deal, Microsoft touted Musiwave’s support of phones from different manufacturers running a variety of software, indicating that the software company could decide to continue supporting non-Windows Mobile phones with Musiwave services.
Microsoft appears to be concerned with moves by other mobile phone makers who have music services. Samsung has introduced a mobile music store with MusicNet, as have Nokia in the United Kingdom.
And of course, there is the ubiquitous iPhone combined with iTunes.