FullAudio Licenses BMG Catalog

By | June 17, 2001 at 12:00 AM

FullAudio today announced a licensing agreement with BMG Music Publishing as the company prepares to launch a digital music subscription service later this year. The agreement between FullAudio and BMG Music Publishing is the first catalog-wide license from a major publisher for a cache-download subscription service. The non-exclusive, three-year accord allows FullAudio access to all available titles from BMG.

Nick Firth, president of BMG Music Publishing said in a printed statement, “BMG Music Publishing has been very aggressive in seeking new media opportunities and we’re proud to be the first major publisher to license our entire catalog to a download subscription service. FullAudio’s service offers a secure solution that meets the needs of BMG and our songwriters and ensures we are being paid properly for our copyrights. We’re excited about the exposure and accessibility our songwriters will have through FullAudio.”

FullAudio’s music service will use the company’s own cache-download technology, which affords high quality sound, regardless of connection speed, unlike streamed signal, which is affected by a user’s connection speed. The technology also allows consumers to listen to music when they’re not connected to the Internet.

Much like the subscription models of cable television, subscribers will have access to FullAudio music service only as long as their account is in good standing. Varying levels of service (Silver, Gold, and Platnium) come at tiered rates related to the amount of music they choose. While the service won’t launch for another six months or so, the company has begun internal testing of the service and, according to FullAudio spokesperson Sandra Rapp, the firm is in discussions with each of the other four major labels as well as a number of indies.  

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