Sony signs on to eMusic

Songs at least two years old covered by deal

LONDON -- Sony Music Entertainment catalog recordings that are at least two years old are being made available via digital subscription service eMusic.

Beginning in the third quarter, eMusic will offer its U.S. subscribers recordings from all Sony Music labels, such as Arista, Columbia, Epic, Jive, LaFace, Legacy Recordings and RCA, including artists such as Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, the Clash, Jeff Buckley, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and OutKast.

Additional terms of the deal, which covers music that is two years old or more, were not disclosed.

The eMusic service, aimed at music fans over the age of 25, will "contextualize albums and songs from Sony Music's renowned artists, drawing meaningful connections between 'major' and 'indie' artists, and featuring in-depth discographies and collections built around genres and themes," according to a statement.

"We welcome the opportunity to expand the reach of Sony Music catalog artists online to include eMusic's large and passionate subscriber base. We look forward to working with them to promote discovery and sales of all the great music available from Sony Music's recent past and legendary history," said Thomas Hesse, president, global digital business, U.S. sales and corporate strategy.

"We're excited to bring Sony Music's vast catalog of music to eMusic's customers," added Danny Stein, eMusic CEO and chairman. "First and foremost, eMusic is about a quality customer experience. We are eager to bring eMusic's in-depth approach and curatorial excellence to these incredible recordings - as we've done for independent labels for the last 10 years."

The eMusic service has been focused on independent labels' repertoire, but Stein tells the New York Times that talks are continuing with the three other majors on licensing deals.

The eMusic subscription pricing allows U.S. users to download 24 tracks from $11.99 per month.