LONDON, 1st October 2007: ilovevideo (www.ilovevideo.com) today announced it has launched the first DRM-free (Digital Rights Management-free) music video retail store. Brought to you by the creators of the award-winning music portal Video-C, ilovevideo offers consumers ownership of high quality music videos for playback via handheld devices, Macs, PCs and media centres.
Ilovevideo already has agreements with the majority of independent UK record labels including Domino, XL Recordings, Beggars Banquet and Ministry Of Sound to distribute DRM-free music video content. These agreements enable ilovevideo access to the large back catalogues of high calibre artists including the Arctic Monkeys, The Pigeon Detectives, Gossip, Kate Nash, The White Stripes and Franz Ferdinand.
Users of the music video download site will also have complete access to all digitised music videos from EMI Music, the only major music company to be able to strike a deal with the service following its recent move to make its entire catalogue available in the DRM-free format. Music videos will be available from seminal artists such as Queen, The Rolling Stones and John Lennon, right through to Coldplay, The Chemical Brothers, Kylie and Gorillaz.
Graeme Rogan, Head of Digital Sales, EMI Music UK, comments “We were keen to partner with ilovevideo in order to extend the reach of our digital products to consumers, offering them DRM-free audiovisual as well as audio content. It gives music fans greater access to our extensive music video catalogue and provides them with the freedom to play our videos across all available portable digital devices and online platforms.”
Visitors to the new ilovevideo.com download store will benefit from the following:
- DRM-free music video downloads to own forever
- Access to a constantly growing number of titles from major and independent labels
- 30 second previews and access to multiple download formats, including Apple QuickTime (.m4v) and Windows Media (.wmv)
- A choice of ‘Portable device’ (30fps, 750Kbits/sec, 320×240) and ‘TV / DVD/full screen’ (30fps, 3200kbits/sec, 720×576) quality downloads
- Coming soon – an exciting new range of exclusive content, including live gigs, artist interviews, music tutorials, director’s cuts and behind the scenes footage
- Top 10 video chart feature based on UK sales
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About EMI Music
EMI Music is the recorded music division of EMI Group, the world’s largest independent music company. 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. 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 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.