MusicMatch is to test-launch an online radio subscription service on Monday (May 7), Billboard Bulletin reports. The service, known as MusicMatch Radio MX, allows users to access "near on-demand" stre

MusicMatch is to test-launch an online radio subscription service on Monday (May 7), Billboard Bulletin reports. The service, known as MusicMatch Radio MX, allows users to access "near on-demand" streamed audio at CD quality. It will offer three pricing tiers: $4.95 per month, $12.95 for three months, and $49.95 per year.

Users can design a personalized station featuring up to 25 artists of their choice. Programming for the stations is based on available content from the selected artists and from acts determined to be similar in style to the selected artists. Users can also create custom stations based on eras; for example, the top-selling acts of any year, decade, or series of years.

Radio MX, to be featured in the new version of the MusicMatch Jukebox software (available from the company's Web site), will officially roll out by the end of May. The company says it expects to launch a full on-demand streaming service by late summer, pending licenses from the major labels.