Virgin Digital Shuts Down Operations
September 25, 2007 at 6:39 AM (PT)
VIRGIN's WINDOWS-only alternative to ITUNES, VIRGIN DIGITAL, is shutting down operations and turning its customers over to NAPSTER, reports DIGITALTRENDS.COM. The digital music retailer offered music in WINDOWS-Media DRM-protected formats. In the U.S., VIRDIN DIGITAL will formally stop selling music to customers on SEPTEMBER 28th, but in the U.K. it stopped offering tracks on SEPTEMBER 21st.. Existing customers can still access the service, and it will keep enough operations going through OCTOBER 19th, so existing customers can come back and back up their songs.
Virgin has offered no reasons for the shutdown, saying only that it "apologies for any inconvenience this might cause." For U.S. customers, VIRGIN has set up a partnership with NAPSTER to honor VIRGIN DIGITAL's pre-paid cards and vouchers; U.K. customers with more than one month of outstanding subscriptions will receive a refund, but unused credits for song downloads must be used for OCTOBER 19th and won't be refunded.