Filed by Vivendi Universal, S.A.
                                        Pursuant to Rule 425 under the
                                        Securities Act of 1933
                                        Deemed filed under Rule 14a-12

                                        Subject Company:, Inc.
                                        Exchange Act File Number of
                                        Subject Company: 000-26697

                      PRESSPLAY TAPS MP3.COM FOR BACK-END
                             SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE Becomes Affiliate Offering pressplay to Millions of Users

SAN DIEGO and NEW YORK--July 19, 2001--, Inc. (Nasdaq: MPPP) and
pressplay, the online music service company, today announced that
would provide pressplay's back-end infrastructure technology, as well as
become an affiliate of the pressplay online music subscription service.

pressplay plans to use's content delivery and subscription management
technology for its service which is set to launch later this summer. A joint
venture of Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and Universal Music Group (UMG),
pressplay will offer's millions of music fans a broad catalogue of
music from chart-topping artists in multiple genres in addition to unique
programming through its subscription service.

"This is an exciting announcement for music fans around the world," said Robin
Richards, president of "The marriage of our infrastructure to
pressplay's music programming content will further demonstrate our strong
technology, and importantly, will offer music fans access to an even more
compelling music experience at"

" was a clear choice to provide the backbone of the pressplay service.
Its technology is robust and scalable, providing us with the capacity to
rapidly grow our online music subscription service," said Andy Schuon,
president and CEO, pressplay. "We're also excited to offer our service to the
millions of music fans on, as a pressplay affiliate."

About, Inc. (Nasdaq: MPPP - news) 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 believes is the largest collection of
digital music available on the Internet, with more than 1 million songs and
audio files posted from over 150,000 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 program and others. Additionally,
through the company's MSP technology initiative and its music InterOperating
System, is partnering with a variety of forward-looking businesses to
expand its digital music strategy.'s common stock is listed for
trading on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol MPPP. is
a trademark of, Inc. Other trademarks or service marks referenced
herein are the property of their respective owners. The company is based in
San Diego, California. For more information on, visit

About pressplay

pressplay is a music service company that offers on-demand online music
subscription services through affiliates including MSN and Yahoo! Announced in
May 2000, pressplay is an equally held joint venture between Sony Music
Entertainment and Universal Music Group (a unit of Vivendi Universal), and is
based in New York City and Los Angeles. SME, UMG and other music companies
will separately provide their music to pressplay on a nonexclusive basis. The
service is expected to launch in the United States during the summer of 2001.

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 and events expected to occur
in connection with's affiliation with pressplay or the introduction of
pressplay, as well as any products, anticipated events or services described
in connection therewith, herein, or any benefits expected therefrom. 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:'s litigation
proceedings, including without limitation the inability to reach settlement
with all parties to such proceedings; risks related to activities or events
expected to occur in connection with's relationship with pressplay, as
well as the products and services described in connection therewith or herein,
including the risk that's technology infrastructure will not perform
as anticipated or fail within the pressplay implementation; the consummation
of the contemplated business

combination with Vivendi Universal, including the risk that the required
regulatory clearances or other closing conditions might not be timely
obtained, or satisfied;'s new and uncertain business model; acceptance
of's products and services;'s limited operating history; and's rapid growth, as well as other risks detailed from time to time in's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its
report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000 and its most recent
report on Form 10-Q.

Vivendi Universal (Paris Bourse: EX FP; NYSE: V) has entered into a merger
agreement with, pursuant to which will merge with and into a
wholly owned subsidiary of Vivendi Universal.

Vivendi Universal and will file a definitive proxy
statement/prospectus and other documents regarding a proposed merger between
Vivendi Universal and with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Investors and security holders are urged to read the definitive proxy
statement/prospectus when it becomes available, because it will contain
important information about Vivendi Universal and and the proposed
transaction. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to security
holders of seeking their approval of the transaction. Investors and
security holders may obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy
statement/prospectus (when available) and other documents filed by Vivendi
Universal and with the SEC at the SEC's web site at, Vivendi Universal and their respective directors, executive officers
and certain members of management and other employees may be deemed to be
participants in the solicitation of proxies of stockholders to approve
the proposed merger. Such individuals may have interests in the merger,
including as a result of holding options or shares of stock. A
detailed list of the names, affiliations and interests of the participants in
the solicitation will be contained in the definitive proxy statement that will
be filed by with the SEC.

The definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents may also be
obtained free of cost by directing a request to the following Investor
Relations contacts:


Vivendi Universal, Investor Relations:
Ariane de Lamaze, 011-33-1-71-71-1084
New York:
Eileen McLaughlin, 212-572-8961
or, Investor Relations:
Karen Silva, 858-623-7222