NAXOS ANNOUNCES NEW AGREEMENT WITH eMUSIC
All 75,000 Naxos Tracks Available
Through One Digital Service Provider for the First Time
and Naxos announced today that eMusic will be the first digital
music service to offer Naxos’ entire 75,000 track catalog—the
most extensive and respected collection of classical music ever assembled.
Recently honored as Label of the Year at the Classic FM/Gramophone Awards
ceremony, in part for its visionary approach to digital distribution and
music education, Naxos brings unprecedented depth and flavor to eMusic’s
already industry-leading classical collection.
To launch this landmark partnership, eMusic has initiated a special promotion
with Gramophone Magazine, offering subscribers and newsstand purchasers
50 free MP3 downloads from eMusic.
While other digital music services force-fit classical music into stores
designed for pop music, eMusic takes pains to display the most complete
information available about every work, down to the track level. eMusic
includes insightful reviews from classical experts for more than 80% of
the Naxos catalog, has more liner notes, advanced browsing and searching
tools than any other music service, and is introducing a new section devoted
to Naxos and their outstanding catalog.
“Today Naxos and eMusic launch the definitive online Classical
Music digital destination, curating one of the world’s most important
Classical collections and treating it with the respect it deserves and
which true Classical music fans expect,” said David Pakman, President
and CEO of eMusic and a managing director of Dimensional Associates, the
private equity arm of JDS Capital that owns eMusic, The Orchard and Dimensional
Music Publishing. No longer will Classical music be relegated to
the outermost fringes of digital music retailing. It has a warm
and friendly home at eMusic. We are also pleased to welcome Gramophone
readers to the eMusic service.”
Jim Selby, COO of Naxos of America, commented: "As Naxos continues
to position itself at the forefront of the digital landscape, we are proud
to partner with eMusic, the premiere independent digital music service.
eMusic is a key player in the evolution of independent music distribution
and promotion, and Naxos is excited to bring the quality and depth of
its award winning catalog to the innovative eMusic platform."
The partnership with eMusic is the latest initiative by Naxos to make
its entire catalogue of 75,000 tracks available to music-lovers online
and is part of a long-term plan by Naxos of America to expand the reach
of all its distributed labels into the digital realm. Earlier this
year, Naxos of America announced a worldwide digital distribution deal
with The Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) and added thousands
of Naxos tracks to the OverDrive Digital Library Reserve that will be
available on the service by the end of 2005. Leading public libraries
coast-to-coast already offer a similar service for Naxos Audio Books.
Naxos is a strong presence in the iTunes Music Store, with its CDs regularly
appearing in the top ten albums for classical releases; its tracks are
available on most digital service providers, including Real Network’s
Rhapsody, MSN, and Napster.
Naxos currently leads the way in digital streaming of classical music,
with two different services available to consumers and institutions.
Naxos Music Library (www.naxosmusiclibrary.com)
makes the entire Naxos catalogue—plus a number of other labels'
recordings—available to over 500 institutions and 270 individual
subscribers. Naxos Web Radio (www.NaxosRadio.com)
offers over 70 commercial-free channels of music programmed by genre,
style, and category. Visitors to Naxos.com
can register at the site to receive information from Naxos; the web site
currently has 180,000 subscribers.