Universal to Offer Subscription Music Download and Burning

Perhaps bowing to consumer demand, Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, will offer the content of about 1,000 of its albums, primarily from its back catalog, through EMusic.com, a unit of Vivendi Universal Net USA. The titles from Universal Music would be integrated into EMusic’s service, which offers unlimited access to over 200,000 songs in the standard MP3 format for anywhere from $9.99 to $14.99 per month.

EMusic subscribers gain full rights to burn the files they have downloaded onto CDs or to transfer them to portable music players, as opposed to some other subscription music services, which place restrictions on how and where the files can be transferred and used. Vivendi has claimed as many as 50,000 subscribers for EMusic, which competes with other online services like FullAudio, Rhapsody, Liquid Audio, Pressplay and MusicNet.

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