Stuck late at work writing a report with no sounds? Sony Music Online and Real Networks have the answer.
The duo have teamed up to create the first Internet pay-per-listen jukebox called - quite simply The Jukebox.
A beta version of The Jukebox service is being released this week and will offer hundreds of tracks through the Internet and Real Networks? Real Player.
Using the software, users browse through a range of songs and artistes to create a customised playlist, then submit a credit card number. Ten songs cost $2.50, 22 songs $5 and a 50-track playlist $10. Customers can listen to the songs any time after purchasing them, and for a 24-hour period following the first play they can play a fave track again.
Tracks will come from Sony?s stable of artistes. If you happen to come across one you really like and want to buy the CD you can - through online music store Total E.
All parties involved have emphasised the fact that the service is to be listened to on a computer, not recorded, thus skirting the Internet related music piracy issues that are sending the record industry into a spin.
The Jukebox requires Real Networks' Real Player G2 or Real Player 5.0, which can be downloaded at the site.
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