n. A music feature that requires the user to pay a small fee each time they listen to a song, album, or audio stream.
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Music is "content" that will flow across that cable — content that AT&T hopes people will pay for, perhaps on a pay-per-listen basis just as many people now pay per view.
—Patricia Horn, “Music Over the Net Hits a High Note with AT&T,” The Buffalo News, March 09, 1999
1987 (earliest)
It also points to the anomaly of the ban on operators being allowed to carry the Derby and Grand National when the races can be carried by premium telephone information services, such as BT's Turf Call, which are arguably pay-per-listen (and which have to be licensed by the authority).
—“Foreign-owned cable is better than no cable, says cable,” New Media Markets, July 22, 1987
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