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AOL Launches Big Pay Download Site Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 February 2003
As predicted by music and technology experts for more than a year, AOL announced the launch of MusicNet - a new premium online music subscription service designed to give AOL members a way to find, download, listen to and burn digital music safely and legally. Integrated into the AOL service, MusicNet is available to AOL members at any speed -- whether they connect to AOL via a dial-up connection or use AOL Broadband over any high-speed connection.

Subscribers to the service will have access to a large selection of complete, virus-free music files that download at faster speeds than other services. Launching with more than 250,000 songs with new additions each week, MusicNet on AOL's catalog includes, very significantly, music from all five major record labels as well as larger independents plus exclusive content like several recordings from [email protected] The service enables subscribers to find and listen to music in CD-quality sound, manage their music library and burn CDs in one seamless experience. The ad-free service also provides artist and album information and rich music programming. Integration with AOL allows for easy registration, use of AOL's popular Parental Controls and customer support. MusicNet on AOL is available to AOL members in three tiers of service:

* "Basic" - 20 streams and 20 downloads for $3.95 per month
* "Standard" - unlimited streaming and downloading for $8.95 per month
* "Premium" - unlimited streaming and downloading plus the ability to burn 10 songs to CD each month for $17.95 per month.

New subscribers to MusicNet on AOL will also be offered a free, 30-day trial of the Standard package.

A fourth pricing tier will be introduced this spring, providing unlimited streams and downloads and the ability to burn five songs to CD for $13.95 per month followed late this year by a la carte burns, which will enable MusicNet on AOL subscribers to pay for and burn individual songs to CD. In addition, AOL plans to add new features to the service in the coming months, including: a feature-rich recommendation service to help subscribers discover more of their favorite music; download timers that allows consumers to track the progress of their downloads; as well as more integrated help for beginners.

Features of the new MusicNet on AOL service include:

* 30-day free trial period
* Ability to listen, or stream, songs and entire albums
* Ability to download songs and entire albums to your computer
* Ability to stream and download simultaneously
* A Premium pricing plan that provides the ability to copy, or burn, to CD a fixed number of songs each month
* Intelligent music search - by artist, album, track, style or keyword
* Easy-to-use playback and music management controls
* Personalized "My Music" feature to organize playlists of songs
* AOL Parental Controls, enabling parents to block explicit content based on the age of their child
* A standalone, ad free client allowing subscribers to listen to music online or off and the ability to access downloads from up to two computers
* Seamless integration with AOL - including access to artist and album information, as well as links to AOL Music's popular features like [email protected], First Listen and First View and Listening Parties
* Simple registration and billing through members' existing AOL account

Subscribers also get 24/7 customer service available by phone or online for no additional cost.

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