AOL Launches Music Service


AOL launched its AOL Music Now service Tuesday, charging Web surfers 99 cents to download songs from a library of 2.5 million audio tracks and $1.99 per music video.

AOL is also offering users the option to pay $9.95 monthly for unlimited, on-demand streaming songs to a computer, or $14.95 monthly to download an unlimited number of songs and videos to “PlaysForSure” compatible media players.

Its pricing is similar to Real Networks’ rival Rhapsody music service, which is marketed by Comcast and other cable distributors.

AOL is also pitching a $4.95 monthly AOL Radio with XM service.