eMusic Signs On 30 Indies

Digital services company eMusic says it has inked content licensing deals with more than 30 independent labels and distributors.

Digital services company eMusic says it has inked content licensing deals with more than 30 independent labels and distributors.

The agreements give eMusic access to tracks from Bjork, the Hives, Cowboy Jack Clement, Waylon Jennings, June Carter Cash, Soul Asylum, Beck, Dead Milkmen, Modest House, Mickey Hart, Kitaro and Frank Zappa, among others.

The labels include One Little Indian, Nitro Records, Dualtone and K Records. eMusic has also licensed the 30,000-song catalog of digital music aggregator IODA (Independent Online Distribution Alliance).

The eMusic catalog now totals more than 500,000 tracks.

eMusic, which is based in New York and San Diego, says it delivered more than 4.75 million digital downloads to users of its subscription service during the fourth quarter of 2004. Comparable third-quarter numbers were not disclosed. The fourth-quarter figures include consumers who downloaded music from the service for free under a limited trial period.

eMusic is owned by Dimensional Associates, the private-equity arm of JDS Capital Management.
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