Table: Roll Over, Beethoven

The music industry's first efforts at pay-for-download Web services have big problems.


RealOne: Service has alliances with only three of the top five record companies, meaning big gaps in selection. Plus, it's expensive at $9.95 a month and up.


Pressplay: It offers a different three of the big five, meaning different artists are unavailable. And you get fewer downloads for the same $9.95 fee--30 per month, vs. RealOne's 100.

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