The MSN brand continues to grow as Microsoft launches its MSN Music service.
Personally, outside of MSN Messenger, I’m pretty successful at ignoring MSN content. Not sure why, but I imagine I’m not the right market.
It’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft can get iPod-grade traction with its new services and maketplaces. If it does, Microsoft could become a major publisher-slash-channel that redefines retail. To be an industry-transforming business though, I’m guessing it has to be able to provide improved access to the low and high end markets–something Google has done phoenomenally well with its classified ads, for instance. It’s still about growth and enabling more–more to consumers and more to providers.