Pressplay was the name of an online music store from 2002 - 2003 created as a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. The two record labels provided music via subscription for Pressplay along with BMG, EMI, Warner Music Group and various independent labels. It was branded for multiple services, most notably[citation needed] Roxio acquired the service on May 19, 2003 and used it as a base to relaunch the Napster music service.The Pressplay music service initially received a lot of criticism for its complicated licensing model, and for offering a selection of artists and titles that was not large enough to lure consumers away from piracy options.
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  • Throwback Thursday: Remember the ‘Netflix for magazines?’

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