Single songs from BMG’s artists will be available from Lycos’ “premium downloads” page. They will cost from $1.99 to $3.49. Albums will also be available at prices between $9.99 and $16.98.
The songs are radio edits, in either RealJukebox or Music Match formats. Both digital-music player programs support digital-rights management, preventing unauthorized copying and distribution. Music copied from a compact disc in the MP3 format - suitable for file sharing on Napster’s free music exchange - generally lacks copyright protection.
BMG entered into a licensing agreement in June with Musicbank to digitally stream music from its library. Along with Time Warner's music division, Warner Music, and EMI, BMG licensed its library of music to MP3.com. Sony released about 50 singles for Web-based download.
Warner expects to offer digital-music downloads later this year through America Online.