MusicNet -- the subscription music service owned by AOL Time Warner Inc.,
Real Networks Inc., EMI Recorded Music and BMG Entertainment -- has officially
launched, AOL reported at Streaming Media East in New York today.
The news comes just
one week after Real said it would incorporate MusicNet into RealOne, its new
Pricing and content is the same on both platforms.
Consumers will be able to access 100 streams and 100 downloads from a
78,000-song database for $9.95 a month, through AOL's MusicNet 1.0.
The three labels' rosters of artists include Christina Aguilera, Brandy, Eric
Clapton, Everclear, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Matchbox 20, Red Hot Chili Peppers
and Britney Spears.
Separately, AOL announced a wide-ranging marketing and technology deal with Motorola
Motorola will license Looney Tunes cartoon
characters for ring tones, screen savers and wireless games on mobile devices
sold in Europe.
It will also increase its 'marketing presence' across AOL Time Warner print,
television and online properties.
AOL Instant Messenger
will be built in to Motorola cell phones and other cellular
At last month's Western Show in Anaheim, Calif., AOL announced Motorola would
begin to integrate its AOLTV service onto Motorola set-tops.
Last week's announcement stopped short of saying AOL
would buy set-tops from Motorola. AOL's Time Warner Cable division is primarily
a Scientific-Atlanta Inc. shop.