CNET writes MTV has finally released a test version of its online music service, called Urge.
The service was developed in cooperation with Microsoft, and will be heavily promoted from within the latest version of the Windows Media Player, which also begins public testing Monday.
The MTV service largely matches the price and features of other music services, including Napster and RealNetworks. It will cost $9.95 a month for people who want to listen to music on their computers and $14.95 a month for those who want to download songs to portable players. (The service works with many hand-held music players from Samsung, iRiver and other manufacturers, but not the Apple iPod, which dominates the portable market.)