Two major new download stores are in the works: one from Internet service provider EarthLink in the U.S., and another from Coca-Cola in the U.K.

Two major new download stores are in the works: one from Internet service provider EarthLink in the U.S., and another from Coca-Cola in the U.K.

MusicMatch has cut a deal with EarthLink to power a co-branded download service. The EarthLink Digital Music Center can be accessed at earthlink.net/extras. It will also be included in EarthLink's installation software for new subscribers. Downloads cost 99 cents, and most albums sell for $9.99.

The download store marks an expansion of an existing distribution relationship between MusicMatch and EarthLink. The ISP already offers its subscribers a co-branded version of MusicMatch's jukebox and Internet radio service.

Meanwhile, just one week after announcing a sponsorship arrangement for the U.K. singles and albums charts, Coca-Cola has unveiled plans to launch a download site in Britain.

MyCokeMusic.com will go live in January, offering 250,000 new and recent hits from 8,500 acts, according to the company. Specific licensing deals have not been announced. Tracks from the Coke store will also sell for 99p ($1.71) each.

Backroom functions for the download service will be handled by OD2, the London-based digital distributor founded by singer Peter Gabriel.

To support the launch, Coca Cola is planning a yearlong promotional campaign that will include free exclusive tracks.

Coca-Cola's sponsorship deal with the Official U.K. Charts Co. also kicks off in January (Bulletin, Dec. 2).

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