LONDON, September 20, 2007 — 24-7 Entertainment, Europe’s leading B2B digital music provider announced today that it has made EMI Music’s higher quality DRM-free catalogue available to its extensive network of digital store partners. The first retailer in 24-7′s network to release EMI’s DRM-free catalogue was Weltbild, one of Germany’s largest online media retailers, followed by online music giant, CDON, in the Nordic region. Other partners are scheduled to follow shortly
The EMI catalogue is available in the MP3 format at 320 Kbit/s, the highest quality available on the market. Barney Wragg, Global Head of Digital, EMI Music, said: “EMI wants to give music fans the best possible digital music experience. With this new agreement with 24-7, even more consumers will be able to purchase our higher quality DRM-free downloads and play them on any music player”.
24-7 has provided its independent catalogue in DRM-free MP3 format for quite some time, but we are thrilled to now offer EMI content in this superior quality” said Frank Taubert, CEO 24-7 Entertainment. “We now have over 1.2 million tracks of DRM free music. This format has proven to be a much more user friendly experience and we hope that other major labels will follow suit with this ground-breaking initiative.”
EMI Music is the recorded music division of EMI Group, one of the world’s largest independent music companies. Its EMI Music division represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Artists on EMI labels include Lily Allen, The Beatles, Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Good The Bad & The Queen, Gorillaz, Norah Jones, The Kooks, Korn, Kylie Minogue, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Joss Stone, 30 Seconds To Mars, KT Tunstall, Keith Urban and Robbie Williams, as well as international artists such as Amaral (Spain), Diam’s (France), Utada Hikaru (Japan), LaFee (Germany), Radja (Indonesia), RBD (Mexico) and Vasco Rossi (Italy).
EMI has been at the cutting edge of the rapidly growing digital music marketplace since it released David Bowie’s Hours as the world’s first ever album to be offered as a digital download in 1999. EMI has signed agreements with hundreds of digital partners to distribute its music across the globe, including most recently its premium DRM-free, higher-quality offering sold through partners including Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, PassAlong Networks and more. It continues to facilitate the development of a growing range of new digital business models to enable fans to experience and purchase its artists’ output through a number of different platforms including making its videos available for access via YouTube, advertising-supported online music streaming in China through Baidu, legal peer-to-peer agreements with QTrax, Mashboxx and GNAB, and a deal to offer advertising-supported videos on mobile phones in the US through Rhythm NewMedia.
About 24-7 Entertainment
24-7 Entertainment with offices in the UK, Germany, Spain and Denmark, is the leading B2B technology provider specializing in online and mobile distribution of digital entertainment. Via its comprehensive system, the company has fulfilled tens of millions of commercial and promotional downloads for major retailers, telcos, software and hardware manufacturers, record labels and media companies worldwide. With license agreements in place with over 12.000 labels including all major record companies, 24-7 Entertainment is a turnkey, one-stop-shop for the seamless, distribution of digital media.