EMI Music has hitched-up with competing major label the Warner Music Group to expand their existing partnership for music marketing and distribution in India, the Middle East and begun joint ops in Turkey.
The multi-year license agreement sees EMI Music continue to serve as the local physical distributor of Warner’s repertoire in India and the Middle East, which the label has been handling since 2005.
Distributors of physical music are suffering in the current climate, with news yesterday that Pinnacle has gone into administration followed by new revelations that major label EMI is looking to exit physical distribution of its products altogether.
Seems the major is speaking with other major labels in the US with a view to letting go of its warehouses and distribution network there for a sum of up to $30 million. Instead of handling physical product in an ailing market, EMI will have its music ferried about the United States by a competitor.
SanDisk has reached a deal with all four major labels in order to introduce SlotMusic, high-quality, DRM-free music in MP3 format on microSD cards.
The cards will soon be made available with pre-loaded, high quality, DRM-free MP3 music of top artists from EMI Music, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group.
slotMusic cards enable consumers to simply insert the slotMusic card into their microSD-enabled mobile phone or MP3 player to hear the music without passwords, downloading or digital-rights management interfering with their personal use. Continue reading →