AOL Offering Music Catalog for


AOL Offering Music Catalog for Downloads: America Online will introduce a service today that lets users download and listen to a large catalog of songs. For $8.95 a month, users will be able to listen to a catalog of music (a variation of MusicNet service), now at 250,000 songs and growing, on their computers.

AOL, which refused to introduce MusicNet’s first product a year ago, arguing that it was too hard to use and did not have enough music, says that the service has improved enough to offer it to its 27 million members. That represents the most important test yet for the concept of selling music as a subscription service rather than as discrete discs.

Also see,’s coverage: “Net music gets AOL audition“.

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