Hong Kong will get its first legal music download store when Eolasia.com goes live Feb. 21.

Hong Kong will get its first legal music download store when Eolasia.com goes live Feb. 21.

With support from EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG, the service will initially offer 100,000 songs of local and international repertoire. The library is expected to grow to 300,000 songs if Universal Music and other labels license their repertoire.

Due to licensing restrictions, Eolasia.com will offer major-label content to users in Hong Kong and Macau only. Music from many independent labels will be available to customers worldwide.

Downloads will be priced at about HK$8 ($1.02) apiece. Payment methods will include credit card and pre-paid voucher.

Formed as a music portal in 2000, eolasia.com survived the dot.com bust by shifting its core activities to the mobile download business. Parent company I-Content Technology is backed by such technology and entertainment groups as Morningside Technologies, Golden Harvest, Acer and Eastwest Entertainment.

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