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Google Teams With Amazon for Mobile Music Store

September 23, 2008 2:54 PM ET

iTunes and the iPhone are about to have some competition on the mobile music sale market, as the upcoming T-Mobile G1 (powered by Google's new Android mobile operating system) has linked up with the Amazon MP3 store. Whereas the iPhone requires Wi-Fi to browse, sample and purchase music from iTunes, the G1 will allow users to rummage the Amazon store through the phone's cellular connection. Wi-Fi will be needed to download songs, however. The phone is expected to hit stores next month. Google and T-Mobile are also working with third-party developers that will allow users to get more out of their MP3s through additional applications.

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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