Under the deal, Qtrax will offer Sony’s digital music catalogue for free to music fans who install the Qtrax download client. Qtrax already has similar deals in place with EMI and Universal.
Sony will allow the service to offer the same digital music it already sells through iTunes and makes available through other online music services.
In future, Qtrax hopes to also offer rare and unreleased material taken from the rich selection available through P2P services, the difference being it will share revenue with labels (who hopefully will pay the artists without a ‘breakages’ fee…)
“We are always exploring new and exciting ways of bringing our music to fans in the digital space and are very happy to support Qtrax and their innovative ad-supported business model,” commented Thomas Hesse, Sony BMG’s President of Global Digital Business and US Sales.
“Sony BMG has a well deserved reputation for innovation,” said Allan Klepfisz, President and CEO of Qtrax. “We welcome the addition of this vast and vital catalogue to Qtrax’s worldwide service,” Klepfisz added.