Viacom, Lycos, rivals hear the music

Viacom's MTV Interactive, streaming audio company AudioBase and Web portal Lycos make moves in the white-hot Net music center.

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Viacom's MTV Interactive will relaunch its online music sites--including MTV, VH1, and SonicNet--while streaming audio company AudioBase prepares to announce a series of deals with companies such as Sony. Meanwhile, Lycos jumps into the white-hot sector.

"This is our first big gear shift into the Net economy."

- Fred Seibert, president of MTV Networks Online and chairman of MTVi


Viacom's MTV makes major Net music drive
Overhauling its network of music Web sites, MTV Interactive is making its most aggressive move yet to rule the Net the way its brands have dominated television.

Lycos launches music Web site
update Following similar initiatives among its competitors, the company's Web site combines digital downloads, CD sales and music-related content.

AudioBase inks music deals with Sony, others
The streaming audio provider will announce deals with at least a half-dozen companies to offer Web surfers access to online music previews without a third-party media player.

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