MP3.com lets users store their music online
January 12, 2000
by Mary Lisbeth D'Amico
(IDG) -- Online music provider MP3.com today said it has enhanced its site with a new service that lets users store and then listen to their own CDs whenever they are connected to the Internet.
Now available for free testing, the company's My.MP3.com service now has features that allow users to store CDs as digital music files in their online accounts, the company said in a statement.
Users can listen to the stored files either from a PC or from a wireless Internet device such as a mobile phone or other connected handhelds.
A feature called Instant Listening lets users who purchase CDs from participating online retailers immediately store and then listen to the CDs in an Internet-based MP3.com account, according to the statement. The participating music "e-tailers" are Junglejeff.com, Duffelbag.com and Cheap-CDs.com.
Another feature, called Beam-it, lets users do the same things with CDs they already own. Users download the appropriate software, then put their CD into their PC, where the music is automatically uploaded and then stored as a digital music file in their MP3 account.
Beam-it uses software that also verifies the identity of the user, MP3.com said. Users can then customize play lists of the tunes they store in their account.
The recording industry is less than happy with the current state of online music distribution. However, MP3 sees its move as boosting CD sales, as users store files of CDs they have already purchased. It called the move an attempt to "bridge the interests of artists, recording labels and consumers."
MP3.com's Web site contains 250,000 songs from more than 40,000 artists that users already download for listening to on their PCs or in MP3 players.
Mary Lisbeth D'Amico is Munich correspondent for the IDG News Service.
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