7digital this morning hosted a high profile media event during which it unveiled a range of high-powered initiatives and launched for business into the US and across more of Europe.
Leading the announcements came news 7digital has reached a deal with Sony BMG to offer music from that label DRM-free in MP3 format – all the four million songs sold through the service are now available DRM-free in MP3.
This is highly significant, and means 7digital is the first digital music store in Europe to offer downloads from all four major labels, Sony BMG, Universal Music, Warner Music and EMI Records.
Tracks are sold free of DRM rights restriction as high-quality (320kbps) MP3 files – better quality than offered by iTunes Plus.
Nokia has agreed a deal with major label Warner Music Group under which content from the label will be made available as part of the mobile maker’s “Comes With Music” initiative.
Set to debut later in the year, Comes With Music is a scheme in which some Nokia handsets will be sold with a free subscription to an unlimited music service for the device. Content is tethered to one device and one PC, but at the end of the year users will be able to keep their downloaded songs. Warner also agreed to make its music catalogue available through Nokia’s music stores around the world.
“Warner Music Group has been a pioneer in developing new digital music business models and we are very pleased to have them supporting both the Nokia Music Store and Comes With Music,” said Tero Ojanperä, executive vice president and head of the Nokia Entertainment and Communities business.
“Nokia’s Comes With Music service will be a significant step forward in the evolution of digital music. It’s the first global initiative to fundamentally align the interests of music companies with telecommunications companies,” said Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner MusicGroup’s Chairman and CEO. “All parties are equally driven to create the best and most comprehensive music offering designed to meet the ever-expanding consumer appetite for music and music-enabled devices.”