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NAXOS ANNOUNCES NEW AGREEMENT WITH eMUSIC

All 75,000 Naxos Tracks Available Through One Digital Service Provider for the First Time

eMusic 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.










 
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