The launch of Fnacmusic.com, the music download site of France's leading specialist retailer Fnac, has been postponed to September. The service was expected to roll out this month.

The launch of Fnacmusic.com, the music download site of France's leading specialist retailer Fnac has been postponed to September. The service was expected to roll out this month.

According to the retailer, the site has been delayed because of labels' and rights-collecting societies' reservations over its proposed interoperability solution. Fnac is determined to make its music files compatible with all types of digital music players.

"We have the majors' agreement in terms of access to their catalogs, but not yet in terms of interoperability and pricing levels," says Fnac's music director Rodolphe Buet. "We won't use an interoperable format," he continued. "We just have a technique which allows us to 'translate' a single format to make it compatible with different types of portable music players."

Jérome Roger, GM of independent labels' bodies the UPFI and SPPF, assured Fnac's management that its member labels are poised to sign content agreements for the new service. "If we at least have the independents, that'll be a start," said Buet.

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