Universal opens up catalogue for downloads

Published: 2006-01-19
Universal Music Group International is making available some European recordings for digital download.

The more than 100,000 tracks are 'deleted' tracks or tracks that are out of print or no longer available.

According to Reuters "The first group of 3,000 tracks, available from mid-February, will be recordings made over the past 40 years in the U.K., France and Germany." The tracks will include material by artists such as Marianne Fathfull, Eddie & the Hot Rods, Nirvana and Chris de Burg.

Barney Wragg, senior VP of Universal Music's eLabs division says that in the next few years more than 100,000 tracks will be made available. The tracks will delve back in time to the earliest recordings.

"This 'digital archeology' program represents a serious commitment to go further into the past, and to begin to take advantage of the benefits for artists and for music fans of digital download technology," Wragg said. "Hopefully, the first round of recordings selected for this initiative will start to satisfy consumer demand, as more and more people buy their music online."

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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