Wal-Mart and RealNetworks sign online CD pact

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Walmart.com and RealNetworks said Feb.21 that they are launching an online CD buying service, using RealNetworks' streaming audio as a sales tool. The service, at Walmart.com, will allow shoppers to sample 30 seconds from songs they would like to purchase. The companies said that with the service available on every song on every CD on Walmart.com, buyers can sample from more than 1 million music tracks.

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