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"We are extremely pleased to widen the availability of the service to all music fans across the nation and to include MP3.com as an affiliate."
——Andy Schuon, President/CEO, Pressplay
THEY'RE BAD, THEY'RE NATIONWIDE
Pressplay Expands Service, Adds MP3.com as Fourth Affiliiate
The online subscription service that Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment built is expanding its reach.

The service, which initially rolled out Dec. 19 with service to a few thousand consumers in selected locations, today announced its availability to everyone in the United States. Pressplay, which offers subscriptions ranging from $9.95 to $24.95 per month, allows streaming, downloading, and the burning of some tracks to CD.

In addition, Pressplay has announced its fourth affiliate, MP3.com, which joins Microsoft Network, Yahoo! Music and CD-burning software developer Roxio on the roster of sites through which the service may be accessed.

Pressplay offers music owned by Universal, Sony and EMI, which in October became the first music group to cross-license its catalog to both Pressplay and rival MusicNet, in which EMI has a stake along with AOL Time Warner, Bertelsmann and Real Networks.

"Since our recent launch, thousands of music fans have become members of Pressplay and embraced the full music experience the service offers," said Pressplay President/CEO Andy Schuon. "We are extremely pleased to widen the availability of the service to all music fans across the nation and to include MP3.com as an affiliate. We are proud of the fact that Pressplay offers music from the widest group of major and independent labels and access to the service through the broadest distribution base of any online music service."

Added MP3.com President Derrick Oien, "MP3.com has had a heightened interest in the progression of Pressplay, since its related division, MP3 Technologies, was deeply involved in the creation of its technology platform. We are proud to be one of the first destinations to offer this high-quality service and are pleased to be able to expose the avid music fans who visit MP3.com to innovative, new ways to enjoy their passion."

Both Pressplay and Musicnet still face federal antitrust scrutiny. On Oct. 15, federal judge Marilyn Hall Patel, the jurist overseeing the feeding of Napster to the corporate lions, allowed as how the major labels' joint ventures struck her as suspicious. "It looks bad, sounds bad and smells bad," she said, though at the time we thought she was talking about us. Hey, tell us something we don't know.

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