eMusic, one of the web’s smaller music providers, today announced a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment that will provide customers access to all of Sony’s catalog which is over two years old.
Beginning in the third quarter, eMusic will offer its U.S. subscribers classic recordings from all Sony Music labels, such as Arista, Columbia, Epic, Jive, LaFace, Legacy Recordings and RCA, including artists such as Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Jeff Buckley, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and OutKast. The agreement covers music that is two years old or more. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We welcome the opportunity to expand the reach of Sony Music catalog artists online to include eMusic’s large and passionate subscriber base. We look forward to working with them to promote discovery and sales of all the great music available from Sony Music’s recent past and legendary history,” said Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales and Corporate Strategy.
“We’re excited to bring Sony Music’s vast catalog of music to eMusic’s customers,” said Danny Stein, eMusic CEO and Chairman. “First and foremost, eMusic is about a quality customer experience. We are eager to bring eMusic’s in-depth approach and curatorial excellence to these incredible recordings — as we’ve done for independent labels for the last 10 years.”
eMusic launched in 1998 and was one of the first digital music services to sell MP3 downloads and the first to launch a download-to-own subscription service for music in 2000. Its subscription pricing offers the ability to download 24 tracks for as little as $11.99 per month.
via Zune Thoughts