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With the addition of EMI Music’s digital repertoire, Weltbild.de now offers Germany’s largest catalogue of higher quality, DRM-free MP3 tracks

German online retailer Weltbild-download.de has added EMI’s premium quality, downloads, which come without Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions, to its music catalogue. The tracks are available as 320kb/s MP3 files and are on sale now.

“With this improved sound quality, even classical and jazz titles finally become true digital listening experiences,” said Dr Klaus Driever, Managing Director of the Weltbild publishing group. “Individual tracks are for sale at €1.49 meaning they cost only 10 to 20 cents more than the same song with DRM protection, while we are selling albums without DRM at no extra charge.”

With more than 150,000 tracks from the top British music label EMI, whose artists include Robbie Williams, Norah Jones, LaFee and Sunrise Avenue among many others, Weltbild-Downloads.de is now offering the largest collection of DRM-free downloads in Germany. Overall Weltbilt has around 850,000 tracks available from its internet shop, costing as little as € 0.49.

Weltbild.de sells more than 2,500,000 products: books, DVDs, CDs, software & games, electronic articles and downloads. The internet media retailer is among the ten largest online shops in Germany.

About EMI Music
EMI Music is part of the EMI Group, the world’s largest independent music company. EMI music represents artists from every musical genre and style. EMI’s labels include, among others, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. The following artists, among others, are represented by EMI labels: 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 Amaral from Spain, Diam’s from France, Utada Hiraku from Japan, Herbert Grönemeyer from Germany, LaFee from Germany, Radja from Indonesia, RBD from Mexico and Vasco Rossi from Italy.

EMI has been among the forerunners of the rapidly growing digital music business since the release of David Bowie’s ‘Hours’ in 1999 as the world’s first album to be offered for Download. Since then EMI has closed contracts with hundreds of digital suppliers for the purpose of distributing their music throughout the world. As a continuation of this an increasing number of digital business models have been developed and promoted to give music fans the opportunity to share in the works of the artists and to acquire the correspondent products – using numerous platforms, such as advertising subsidised online streaming of music in China through cooperation with Baidu, legal peer to peer agreements with Qtrax, Mashboxx, and GNAB and a contract with Rhythm New Media in the USA for advertising subsidised transmission of music to mobile phones.

For more information about EMI see www.emimusic.de

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