Online music retailer closes?

IT Media refuses to comment on allegations that CD Star, the online music site which it bought late last year, has closed for good.

IT Media refuses to comment on allegations that CD Star, the online music site which it bought late last year, has closed for good.

"We'll have to get back to you on that one, mate," was all a spokesman for IT Media would say. IT Media's managing director, Tim Connell, is currently in Bali and could not be reached for comment.

IT Media is the publishing subsidiary of Wilson Neill which owns restaurants, magazines and online retailer Flying Pig. In July Connell quit as managing director of Wilson Neill to focus on his work as publisher of IT Media. Since then, IT Media has sold youth music magazine Rip It Up and questions have been asked about the possible sale or closure of newly launched business weekly newspaper Business Times.

CD Star was originally built by eStarOnline but was sold to IT Media late last year. EStarOnline managing director Matthew Darby says his company has continued to provide the back-end systems for CD Star.

"We've been asked by our client to put up a notice saying it is undergoing 'planned maintenance' and that's all I can say about it." Darby does say he is sorry to see the site closed.

Darby says his company has chosen to focus on the technology behind online commerce rather than running an e-commerce site itself.

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