More than 300 companies on board.

The Harry Fox Agency announced today (April 18) that it has signed more than 100 companies to its bulk-download licensing program so far this year, four times as many as during the same period last year.

This brings the total number of companies with mechanical licenses for permanent downloads (aka digital phonorecord deliveries, or DPDs) to more than 300.

The bulk-licensing program gives companies the opportunity to license thousands of songs in one swoop, speeding up the process for those who want to offer recorded music online.

"While the attention has been focused on a few big companies, the growth of the digital download market in 2005 has been dramatic," says Michael Simon, HFA senior VP of licensing/chief of strategic development and marketing.

This year's licensees include Hollywood Records, Oxygen Cable, Univision Music Group and Walt Disney Records.

"We're pleased that more and more companies are coming to HFA to obtain their DPD licenses using our bulk process," says Lauren Apolito, VP business development for HFA. "Since we represent almost 28,000 music publishers, working through HFA can streamline their licensing needs and enable them to get up and running with digital downloads quickly and easily."