Pressplay to let users burn tracks on a CD

Pressplay, the forthcoming online music service backed by Vivendi Universal and Sony Music Entertainment , will allow its users to burn songs to a CD, the company said this week.

          Pressplay, the forthcoming online music service backed by Vivendi Universal and Sony Music Entertainment , will allow its users to burn songs to a CD, the company said this week.

          Subscribers will be able to burn tracks to a CD at 4X speed with a free software plug-in. Recording at full speed, up to 24X, requires the purchase of a premium CD burning plug-in from Pressplay partner Roxio, the companies said in a joint statement. Pricing was not disclosed.

          Pressplay expects to launch in the US before the end of the year, with about 100,000 music tracks online.

          However, not all the tracks will be available for burning to CD, according to a Roxio spokesman. "There will be songs that are available for streaming only and some for burning," he said.

          The burn option is not offered by competitor MusicNet. Roxio does provide a CD burn plug-in for the player MusicNet uses, RealNetworks' RealOne Player software, which can be used to burn content found elsewhere. MusicNet was launched last week by RealNetworks and backed by AOL Time Warner, Bertelsmann and EMI Group .

          Pressplay will be offered through affiliates including Microsoft's MSN, Yahoo and Universal's MP3.com. The service will offer content from its backers as well as from EMI and several independent record labels.

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