Record company giant EMI is set to team up with Supertracks to develop a system to digitally distribute music securely.
EMI plans to start selling singles in the next couple of months that consumers will be able to download alongside buying CDs and DVDs from online music retailers.
EMI is already working with Encoding.com and Liquid Audio to encode and catalogue its music archive.
Supertrack's system will support the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) which is made up of EMI, Warner Music, Sony Music, BMG Entertainment and Universal Music. The SDMI has put together a blueprint for the secure digital transfer of music and compatibility.
EMI's move into the digital music race will bring material from many more mainstream artistes online. Most downloadable music currently on the internet is from independent or unsigned artists.
EMI, which is set to merge with Time Warner, will have some of the biggest names in the music business on its roster, including The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Jewel.
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