BMG Entertainment and Universal Music are expanding their US Internet sales venture, getmusic.com, into Europe this year in a bid to grab a share of the European online music market.
Separately, EMI has announced a licensing deal with online music distributor musicmaker.com to sell its enormous back-catalogue over the Internet.
BMG Entertainment, owned by German media group Bertlesman, declined to comment on which European territories it would enter first, although likely targets are Germany, the UK and France.
The music industry, however, will not have the market to itself. Amazon.com has already begun offering free tracks from artists on its site for consumers to download and sample. Other online companies are expected to follow Amazon's lead.
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