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Limited, 'unlimited' music service

Sony and Vivendi update Pressplay

Electronics retailer Sony and entertainment group Vivendi Universal today announced the launch of their updated Pressplay music service, which will give subscribers unlimited access to thousands of tunes.

The new service, costing £11.50 a month, will offer subscribers a wider choice of streamed and downloadable music, doing away with the tight restrictions that previously dogged the service.

Launched last December, Pressplay was priced on a sliding scale according to how many songs users downloaded. For example, the $14.99 (£9.66) per month package allowed subscribers 500 streams, 50 downloads and 10 burns.

The options expired at the end of every month, which meant unused time could not be rolled over to the following month.

But the 'unlimited service' still has its limits. Users can only make 10 burns, despite having access to unlimited songs, and the service still cannot be used on portable MP3 players — instead all songs must be downloaded on to MP3.com using the playback service.

ISPs MSN and Yahoo will both offer the service through their websites from this week.


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