LOS ANGELES -- MTV Networks Inc. has partnered with
Microsoft will build the technology behind URGE, which
MTV Networks declined to give details on pricing, but users can expect to pay on different tiers for a la carte downloads, subscriptions, and for moving rented tracks to a portable music player, the company said.
The current version of Microsoft's Media Player has built-in links to several music services, including MusicNow and Napster. A few months ago, Microsoft broke off talks with the record labels to license music for a new online subscription service of its own.
Microsoft already sells song downloads on its MSN Music Internet site.
URGE will not be compatible with Macintosh computers or iPods.