PassAlong joins EMI in no-DRM deal


DENVER -- The EMI DRM-free train continues to roll, with PassAlong Networks becoming the latest digital music service to license the premium download offer.

The deal enables all services using PassAlong's technology to offer the full EMI catalog at a higher bitrate for a higher price, the same as EMI's deals with iTunes and Amazon. PassAlong-powered services include Trans World Entertainment's f.y.e online music store and Proctor & Gamble's Julie's Jukebox.

PassAlong last year began selling tracks without DRM but continues to sell music with DRM from other major labels.

The service allows users to earn redeemable points when others buy music they recommend through the service.

Antony Bruno is a contributor to Billboard.