Deals Expand Music Download Content

Pressplay, the digital music service from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, has inked a content licensing deal with Warner Music Group, Billboard Bulletin reports. The pact gives Pre

Pressplay, the digital music service from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, has inked a content licensing deal with Warner Music Group, Billboard Bulletin reports. The pact gives Pressplay content from all five major labels. The only other subscription service to feature content from all five is Listen.com's Rhapsody.

Pressplay's agreement covers thousands of songs from WMG acts. The deal also allows for the purchase of permanent downloads that can be transferred to portable devices or burned to a blank CD. Pressplay has similar portability agreements with the other major labels.

Representatives for MusicNet -- the digital service from WMG, BMG Entertainment, EMI Recorded Music, and RealNetworks -- declined comment. The company has not announced licensing deals with UMG or Sony.

Meanwhile, EMI Recorded Music is launching an updated download initiative in which tracks will be available for purchase through a host of E-commerce and subscription sites. The effort will cover "10s of thousands" of tracks, including material by Coldplay, Norah Jones, the Vines, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, and the Beach Boys. Some tracks will be sold as singles; others will be offered as full albums. EMI will sell some radio singles prior to the release of the physical product at retail.