Music CDs that include free Internet access trials are being marketed in Europe, following a deal between Sony and IBM.
Selected Sony Music CD Extra titles now include IBMs Web Access Kit, providing customers with 10 hours of free access for a one-month period.
The connection takes users directly to the Web site of the relevant artist, then gives them the option to subscribe to IBM's Global Network as their Internet service provider (ISP).
CD Extra is Sony Music's new technology for combining music, video, album artwork and band information on a traditional music CD.
Nico Keopke, vice president of technology and media at Sony Music Europe, said: "Convergence between music and digital technology is starting to happen. Music artists are embracing the Internet, while consumers are starting to see their computers as a home entertainment system."
The first European CD Extra to offer Internet access is Los Angeles rock outfit Big Soul's new album, Love Crazy. However, the Big Soul CD is currently only available in France and Sony refused to say when CD Extra would be available in the UK.
Susi Pink, marketing manager at Direct Connection, a UK ISP said: "It shows how much the typical Internet user has changed. The Internet is going much more mainstream now. I didn't realise IBM was targeting consumers, but it's certainly an ingenious idea for entering a new market."
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