MP3.COM TUNES IN

A new feature from MP3.com lets customers listen to an MP3 copy of a CD ordered online from three of MP3.com's partner stores before the discs are delivered to your door. The feature, called Instant Listening Service, is part of MP3.com's new personalization service and is currently free for users who shop at Junglejeff.com, Duffelbag.com, and Cheap-CDs.com, although the MP3.com site says that it eventually plans to charge a subscription fee for the service.

SPAM FIGHTERS COME AFTER EXCITE AT HOME

Anti-spammers have taken on the Excite At Home cable-modem service, calling for a "Usenet Death Penalty," against the company on Wednesday. A "UDP" is a drastic, voluntary sanction taken by participating network administrators against organizations whose newsgroup servers have been frequently used to send out bulk commercial postings to discussion groups; it would prevent At Home users from contributing to Usenet discussions. David Jackson, At Home's manager for network policy mangement, posted a response to the anti-spammers' allegations shortly after the UDP announcement was posted, blaming "subscribers who have installed proxy software incorrectly" and requesting a postponement of sanctions while the company implements new anti-spam measures. David Ritz, the Milwaukee-based Usenet user who posted the "request for discussion" that set the proposed sanction in motion, said in an interview yesterday said that, after discussions with Excite At Home this week, he believes the company is taking steps "which will drastically reduce the amount of Usenet spam being propagated through their network." UDPs have previously been called against companies such as CompuServe and UUnet and threatened against Erols and Bell Atlantic.

TECH WARS?

For an upcoming story, we're interested in hearing of particularly hideous--or particularly gratifying--tech-support experiences. Send your tales to us at ffwd@washpost.com.

TOP-SELLING MP3 MUSIC OF 1999 AT EMUSIC.COM

1. They Might Be Giants

2. Phish

3. Goo Goo Dolls

4. Hypnotic Records Compilations

5. Star Trek Soundtrack Series

6. Bush

7. Punk-O-Rama Compilations

8: Jewel-Paula Compilations

9. Mighty Mighty Bosstones

10. Frank Black & the Catholics

Source: Emusic.com

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