AOL Bows Music Service For MS Media Center

Sessions performances, videos available.

America Online said today that its music video service, AOL Music on Demand, is now available for use with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, which allows for interoperability between the personal computer and the television set or handheld devices.

AOL will make available original AOL Music Sessions, including recent performances by Ashlee Simpson, Maroon 5 and Josh Groban.

Also on offer will be videos from Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keys, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, Terri Clark, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Black Eyed Peas, R. Kelly, Hoobastank, Sean Paul, Vanessa Carlton, Jet, Linkin Park, Usher, OutKast, Puddle of Mudd, Velvet Revolver, Alison Krauss, Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar, Lyle Lovett, Martina McBride, Method Man, Counting Crows, Papa Roach and the Cure.

Videos are being offered at no additional charge and are commercial-free. Content will be updated on a weekly basis. The service is currently in beta testing; a final version will go live next month.

AOL first announced its on-demand music video offering (a repackaging of existing premium AOL programming that is distributed through third parties) in April, in conjunction with a distribution deal with Time Warner Cable.

Media Center is part of a Microsoft initiative that is pushing home computing solutions into the living room and onto handheld entertainment devices.

Microsoft -- in conjunction with a number of computer makers, including Hewlett Packard -- is rolling out a line of convergence PCs that act as a personal computer, television, radio, CD/DVD player and TiVo-like device all rolled into one machine. These convergence computers, and related portable devices, run on a special version of the Windows XP operating system known as Media Center.