NEWS 2000

Friday August 18, 6:30 am Eastern Time

Press Release

SOURCE: MP3.com, Inc.

All-Star Band of Literary Giants Rocks Out on MP3.com; The Rock Bottom Remainders Features Stephen King, Amy Tan and Dave Barry

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MP3.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: MPPP - news) today announced that members of all-star literary band The Rock Bottom Remainders have made music available for streaming and downloading on the site. Consisting of well-known authors including horror master Stephen King, renowned humorist Dave Barry, mystery writer Ridley Pearson and award-winning novelist Amy Tan.

"We're excited to have such a prestigious group of literary figures represented on our site," said Michael Robertson, chairman and chief executive officer of MP3.com (www.mp3.com). "The Rock Bottom Remainders perform fun music with great spirit and energy, all for charitable causes. We're glad that the band has decided to join the diverse community of digital artists on MP3.com."

The literary jam band, which was first assembled to perform a single live concert for charity, now regularly plays benefit shows around the country. Founded by Don't Quit Your Day Job Records president Kathi Kamen Goldmark, also a member of the band, the Remainders perform original tunes penned by the prestigious scribes as well as cover versions of various rock and pop classics. Among the tracks currently featured on MP3.com are "Tupperware Blues," an original song written and performed by Barry, with renowned musician Warren Zevon on bass; and a cover version of the classic pop tune "These Boots Are Made for Walking" featuring Tan on vocals.

"As a band we pretty much suck, but we suck for a good cause," said Goldmark. "I think the spirit of fun comes across in these tracks, and I hope listeners will get as much enjoyment out of hearing them as we get out of making them."

In addition to producing a book about their adventures on the road, members of the Remainders have served as vocalists on a number of songs featured on "Stranger Than Fiction," a double CD from Don't Quit Your Day Job Records that benefits the Pen Writers Foundation.

The Rock Bottom Remainders join more than 87,000 digital artists who post music on MP3.com.

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About MP3.com

MP3.com, Inc. has created what it believes is a unique and robust technology infrastructure for 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 anytime, anywhere access to their music using any web-enabled device. The company's web site hosts what MP3.com believes is the largest collection of digital music available on the Internet, with more than 562,000 songs and audio files posted from over 87,000 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 Retail Music Program, a Syndicated Radio Division and others. Additionally, through the company's MSP initiative, MP3.com is partnering with a variety of forward-looking technology companies to expand its digital music strategy. MP3.com's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol MPPP. The company is based in San Diego, California. For more information on MP3.com, visit www.mp3.com.

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. Such statements include references activities expected to occur in connection with MP3.com's relationship with The Rock Bottom Remainders. 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: MP3.com's current litigation proceedings, including without limitation the inability to reach settlement with all parties to such litigation; MP3.com's new and uncertain business model; acceptance of MP3.com's products and services; MP3.com's limited operating history, and MP3.com's rapid growth, as well as other risks detailed from time-to-time in MP3.com's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999 and it's most recent report on Form 10-Q.

For more information, please contact, Greg Wilfahrt, Director of Public Relations of MP3.com, 858-623-7280, pr@mp3.com.