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Encyclopedia > MSN Music

MSN Music was created by Microsoft in 2004 to compete with Apple's iTunes Music Store. MSN Music utilizes Microsoft's Windows Media Player application and proprietary Windows Media Format files.

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MSN Encarta - Country Music (1128 words)
Musically speaking, country music is one of the simplest styles to create and one of the least intimidating to listen to, features that contribute to its popularity.
The roots of country music lie in the folk music that English, Irish, and Scottish settlers brought to the Appalachian Mountain region of the South in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Whereas the vocals in early folk and hillbilly music were usually of secondary importance compared with the instrumentals, the Carter trio used their instruments to provide a musical accompaniment that never took precedence over the simple harmonies of their vocal work.
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