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News Summary: Google to shut China music service

MUSIC SHUTDOWN: Google Inc. said Friday it will close a music download service in China. It said the 3-year-old service failed to achieve the market impact it wanted and will be shut down Oct. 19

DIMINISHING PRESENCE: The move further reduces Google's presence in the world's most populous Internet market, two years after the company closed its mainland search engine in a dispute over censorship and computer hacking.

ANTI-PIRATE: The service, which was available only to computers with an Internet address in mainland China, was intended as a legal alternative to Chinese pirate music sites.

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