Reluctance to announce 7digital’s addition of DRM-free catalogue from Universal Music seems best explained by tonight’s announcement that German retail giant, Saturn, is the “First European partner to offer Universal Music Entertainment’s full digital music catalogue in a DRM-free format.”
Saturn’s download portal is powered by 24-7 Entertainment and features over 215,000 Universal tracks including the complete pop & jazz catalogue, bringing Saturn’s total Mp3-count to over two million tracks.
More news, “the classical catalogue is currently being added and will be accessible shortly. All tracks are available in high quality Mp3 320k.
“The switch of Universal’s music catalogue to MP3 is a significant step forward in the long-term success of the music download industry”, said Frank Taubert CEO 24-7 Entertainment. “We are proud to help support Saturn in making such a monumental move forward.”
Saturn is pushing the DRM-free service under the slogan “Download Revolution” and offering over 100,000 MP3 tracks for €0.79 each.
Background (again from PR): “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.”