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EMI Signs Up Nine Online Music Companies: In a significant move for subscription music services, EMI has signed new distribution agreements…

EMI Signs Up Nine Online Music Companies: In a significant move for subscription music services, EMI has signed new distribution agreements with nine Net music companies, giving them the right to let customers make permanent downloads of songs, transfer songs to portable devices such as MP3 players and burn CDs of songs downloaded from the services.

The deals make an unusually sweeping statement in an industry that has typically inched forward with single, very limited business arrangements between record labels and individual Internet companies.

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