$14 Million Made Available to Artist and Labels Thus Far

Top 10 Artists Earned More Than $54,400 For

Payback for Playback Promotion in March



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from MP3.com, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As artists continue to seek ways to
 make money online, MP3.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:   MPPP) today announced that the Top
 10 artists in its Payback for Playback program (www.mp3.com/payback) earned
 more than $54,400 for the month of March.
     Since its inception in late 1999, more than $14 million have been made
 available to artists and labels through the Payback for Playback
 (www.mp3.com/payback) program.
     The chart-topper for March's Payback for Playback program is The Cynic
 Project (www.mp3.com/payback) earning $8,753.63, followed by Analog Pussy
 (www.mp3.com/AnalogPussy) $6,349.28; The Laziest Men on Mars
 (www.mp3.com/TLMoM) $6,229.07; Bassic (www.mp3.com/bassic), $5,417.14;
 Amethystium (www.mp3.com/amethystium) $5,322.55; Karoly & Monica
 (www.mp3.com/karoly) $5,038.99; Ernesto Cortazar (www.mp3.com/ernestocortazar)
 $4,551.08; Liona Boyd (www.mp3.com/lionaboyd) $4,326.65; Trance Control
 (www.mp3.com/trancecontrol) $4,280.89 and  Steve Laury
 (www.mp3.com/stevelaury) earning $4,150.37.
     There's more good news for artists as the Payback for Playback
 (www.mp3.com/payback) monthly pot, of up to $1 million, has been extended for
 the month of April. On an average day, approximately 20,000 artists qualify
 for the Payback for Playback program.
     Another example of artists enjoying success through the Payback for
 Playback program is David Caballero (www.mp3.com/gnomusy), an artist who has
 earned $37,981.44 in the program.  "I never thought I would earn so much just
 doing what I love most," said Caballero.  "Part of the earnings go to charity,
 part is invested in new equipment and the rest helps me make a living."
     Michael Robertson, chairman and chief executive officer of MP3.com, said,
 "This is the type of response we like to see ... artists accruing dollars for
 their hard work."
     In addition to Payback for Playback, MP3.com started another program in
 March, Promo Auction (www.mp3.com/auction), which is geared to assist artists
 with self-promotion.    Artists are given the opportunity to showcase their
 band name by winning positions that display links to the artists' page and in
 some cases include personal messages.
     Fallout Shelter 028 (www.mp3.com/falloutshelter028) is an example of a
 band that paid $1,502 during Promo Auction activity and won a prime spot that
 helped propel the band to a No.19 spot on the Payback for Playback Top 20
 chart.
     The band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, bid for a highlighted position on
 the electronic chart with their feature song "Arrival."  Around mid-March,
 their song's feature track emerged on the MP3.com electronic charts.  Prior to
 the Promo Auction (www.mp3.com/auction), they had been averaging about 50
 cents a day in the Payback for Playback program.
     Within seven days, "Arrival" received over 51,000 listens, helping to
 create $1,596 in revenue for the band.  As fans continued to listen to Fallout
 Shelter 028, their Payback for Playback earnings rocketed to $3,161 by the end
 of March.  Fallout Shelter 028 also received an additional $246 from MP3.com's
 Back the Band program (www.mp3.com/backtheband), a service that lets music
 fans express how they feel, while providing financial support for their
 favorite bands.
     Other artist-orientated services by offered MP3.com include: Artist Cash,
 D.A.M. CDs , Payola, and Premium Artist Service.
     Artists interested in subscribing to the Premium Artist Service program
 will want to visit www.mp3.com/premium for more information.
     To be eligible for the up to $1 million made available in April through
 the Payback for Playback program, members of the MP3.com music community must
 be enrolled in the Premium Artist Service, which is available at a cost of
 $19.99 per month.  More information can be found on the Premium Artist Service
 by visiting www.mp3.com/premium.
     Subscribers to Premium Artist Service receive a wealth of online benefits,
 including a professional online presentation, the potential for faster, more
 effective exposure to music fans and the option of eliminating banner ads on
 their artist pages.  Subscribers receive priority placement on the MP3.com
 search engine and song approval priority that can activate an artist's songs
 on the web site more quickly than songs submitted by those not participating
 in the Premium Artist Service.  Additionally, review priority guarantees that
 participants' songs will be evaluated for use in promotional programs such as
 Business Music Services (www.mp3.com/bmscentral) and MP3.com Radio Services
 (www.radio.mp3.com). Subscribers are also able to upload multiple audio files
 at once using the MP3.com Uploader Tool, potentially saving hours of time.
     All eligible artists and record labels can still place their music on
 MP3.com for free, with a variety of no-cost promotional and marketing tools at
 their disposal.  Free bandwidth, free storage, and free statistical data are
 available by registering at (www.mp3.com/newartist).
     To receive MP3.com press releases via email, register at pr.mp3.com.
 
     About MP3.com
     MP3.com, Inc. has created a unique and robust technology infrastructure
 designed to facilitate the storage, management, promotion and delivery of
 digital music.  As the Internet's premier Music Service Provider (MSP), the
 company is dedicated to providing consumers with access to music when they
 want it, where they want it, using any web-enabled device.  The company's web
 site hosts what MP3.com believes is the largest collection of digital music
 available on the Internet, with more than 926,000 songs and audio files posted
 from over 144,000 digital artists and record labels.  Dedicated to growing the
 digital music space, the company's products and services include on-demand
 Subscription Music Channels, an innovative Business Music Services program, a
 Syndicated Radio division and others.  Additionally, through the company's MSP
 technology initiative and its music InterOperating System, MP3.com is
 partnering with a variety of forward-looking businesses to expand its digital
 music strategy.  MP3.com's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National
 Market under the ticker symbol MPPP.  The company is based in San Diego,
 California.  For more information on MP3.com, visit www.mp3.com.
      Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical are
 forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities
 Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These
 statements may include references to activities expected to occur in
 connection with the implementation and possible continuation of the Payback
 for Playback, D.A.M. CD, Back The Band and the other programs designed to
 distribute money to eligible artists who post music on MP3.com.  These
 statements involve a high degree of risk and uncertainty, are only
 predictions, and actual events or results may differ materially from those
 projected in such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to differences include risks related to: MP3.com's litigation
 proceedings, including without limitation the inability to reach settlement
 with all parties to such proceedings; risks associated with the implementation
 and possible continuation of the Payback for Playback, D.A.M. CD, Back The
 Band and the other programs designed to distribute money to eligible artists
 who post music on MP3.com; MP3.com's new and uncertain business model;
 acceptance of MP3.com's products and services; MP3.com's limited operating
 history; and MP3.com's rapid growth, as well as other risks detailed from
 time-to-time in MP3.com's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission,
 including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000.
 
     For further information please contact Greg Wilfahrt, Director of Public
 Relations of MP3.com, 858-623-7280, pr@mp3.com.
 
 

SOURCE MP3.com, Inc.
    SAN DIEGO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As artists continue to seek ways to
 make money online, MP3.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:   MPPP) today announced that the Top
 10 artists in its Payback for Playback program (www.mp3.com/payback) earned
 more than $54,400 for the month of March.
     Since its inception in late 1999, more than $14 million have been made
 available to artists and labels through the Payback for Playback
 (www.mp3.com/payback) program.
     The chart-topper for March's Payback for Playback program is The Cynic
 Project (www.mp3.com/payback) earning $8,753.63, followed by Analog Pussy
 (www.mp3.com/AnalogPussy) $6,349.28; The Laziest Men on Mars
 (www.mp3.com/TLMoM) $6,229.07; Bassic (www.mp3.com/bassic), $5,417.14;
 Amethystium (www.mp3.com/amethystium) $5,322.55; Karoly & Monica
 (www.mp3.com/karoly) $5,038.99; Ernesto Cortazar (www.mp3.com/ernestocortazar)
 $4,551.08; Liona Boyd (www.mp3.com/lionaboyd) $4,326.65; Trance Control
 (www.mp3.com/trancecontrol) $4,280.89 and  Steve Laury
 (www.mp3.com/stevelaury) earning $4,150.37.
     There's more good news for artists as the Payback for Playback
 (www.mp3.com/payback) monthly pot, of up to $1 million, has been extended for
 the month of April. On an average day, approximately 20,000 artists qualify
 for the Payback for Playback program.
     Another example of artists enjoying success through the Payback for
 Playback program is David Caballero (www.mp3.com/gnomusy), an artist who has
 earned $37,981.44 in the program.  "I never thought I would earn so much just
 doing what I love most," said Caballero.  "Part of the earnings go to charity,
 part is invested in new equipment and the rest helps me make a living."
     Michael Robertson, chairman and chief executive officer of MP3.com, said,
 "This is the type of response we like to see ... artists accruing dollars for
 their hard work."
     In addition to Payback for Playback, MP3.com started another program in
 March, Promo Auction (www.mp3.com/auction), which is geared to assist artists
 with self-promotion.    Artists are given the opportunity to showcase their
 band name by winning positions that display links to the artists' page and in
 some cases include personal messages.
     Fallout Shelter 028 (www.mp3.com/falloutshelter028) is an example of a
 band that paid $1,502 during Promo Auction activity and won a prime spot that
 helped propel the band to a No.19 spot on the Payback for Playback Top 20
 chart.
     The band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, bid for a highlighted position on
 the electronic chart with their feature song "Arrival."  Around mid-March,
 their song's feature track emerged on the MP3.com electronic charts.  Prior to
 the Promo Auction (www.mp3.com/auction), they had been averaging about 50
 cents a day in the Payback for Playback program.
     Within seven days, "Arrival" received over 51,000 listens, helping to
 create $1,596 in revenue for the band.  As fans continued to listen to Fallout
 Shelter 028, their Payback for Playback earnings rocketed to $3,161 by the end
 of March.  Fallout Shelter 028 also received an additional $246 from MP3.com's
 Back the Band program (www.mp3.com/backtheband), a service that lets music
 fans express how they feel, while providing financial support for their
 favorite bands.
     Other artist-orientated services by offered MP3.com include: Artist Cash,
 D.A.M. CDs , Payola, and Premium Artist Service.
     Artists interested in subscribing to the Premium Artist Service program
 will want to visit www.mp3.com/premium for more information.
     To be eligible for the up to $1 million made available in April through
 the Payback for Playback program, members of the MP3.com music community must
 be enrolled in the Premium Artist Service, which is available at a cost of
 $19.99 per month.  More information can be found on the Premium Artist Service
 by visiting www.mp3.com/premium.
     Subscribers to Premium Artist Service receive a wealth of online benefits,
 including a professional online presentation, the potential for faster, more
 effective exposure to music fans and the option of eliminating banner ads on
 their artist pages.  Subscribers receive priority placement on the MP3.com
 search engine and song approval priority that can activate an artist's songs
 on the web site more quickly than songs submitted by those not participating
 in the Premium Artist Service.  Additionally, review priority guarantees that
 participants' songs will be evaluated for use in promotional programs such as
 Business Music Services (www.mp3.com/bmscentral) and MP3.com Radio Services
 (www.radio.mp3.com). Subscribers are also able to upload multiple audio files
 at once using the MP3.com Uploader Tool, potentially saving hours of time.
     All eligible artists and record labels can still place their music on
 MP3.com for free, with a variety of no-cost promotional and marketing tools at
 their disposal.  Free bandwidth, free storage, and free statistical data are
 available by registering at (www.mp3.com/newartist).
     To receive MP3.com press releases via email, register at pr.mp3.com.
 
     About MP3.com
     MP3.com, Inc. has created a unique and robust technology infrastructure
 designed to facilitate the storage, management, promotion and delivery of
 digital music.  As the Internet's premier Music Service Provider (MSP), the
 company is dedicated to providing consumers with access to music when they
 want it, where they want it, using any web-enabled device.  The company's web
 site hosts what MP3.com believes is the largest collection of digital music
 available on the Internet, with more than 926,000 songs and audio files posted
 from over 144,000 digital artists and record labels.  Dedicated to growing the
 digital music space, the company's products and services include on-demand
 Subscription Music Channels, an innovative Business Music Services program, a
 Syndicated Radio division and others.  Additionally, through the company's MSP
 technology initiative and its music InterOperating System, MP3.com is
 partnering with a variety of forward-looking businesses to expand its digital
 music strategy.  MP3.com's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National
 Market under the ticker symbol MPPP.  The company is based in San Diego,
 California.  For more information on MP3.com, visit www.mp3.com.
      Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical are
 forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities
 Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These
 statements may include references to activities expected to occur in
 connection with the implementation and possible continuation of the Payback
 for Playback, D.A.M. CD, Back The Band and the other programs designed to
 distribute money to eligible artists who post music on MP3.com.  These
 statements involve a high degree of risk and uncertainty, are only
 predictions, and actual events or results may differ materially from those
 projected in such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause or
 contribute to differences include risks related to: MP3.com's litigation
 proceedings, including without limitation the inability to reach settlement
 with all parties to such proceedings; risks associated with the implementation
 and possible continuation of the Payback for Playback, D.A.M. CD, Back The
 Band and the other programs designed to distribute money to eligible artists
 who post music on MP3.com; MP3.com's new and uncertain business model;
 acceptance of MP3.com's products and services; MP3.com's limited operating
 history; and MP3.com's rapid growth, as well as other risks detailed from
 time-to-time in MP3.com's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission,
 including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000.
 
     For further information please contact Greg Wilfahrt, Director of Public
 Relations of MP3.com, 858-623-7280, pr@mp3.com.
 
 SOURCE  MP3.com, Inc.