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Pressplay to Launch Today

Pressplay, an online music joint venture between Sony Corp. and Vivendi Universal, yesterday said it will launch to consumers in the United States on Wednesday, December 19.

The service, which will offer fans streaming, downloading and CD-burning of music from Sony Music, Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, EMI Group as well as several independents. It will be available to the first several thousand consumers through Microsoft Corp.’s MSN Music, Roxio and Yahoo! and will soon be offered through MP3.com and other affiliates, the companies said.

Pressplay said it plans to widen the availability of its service after the New Year.