EMI, the world’s third largest record label, is to deliver its catalogue to stores digitally, enabling consumers to create their own CDs on demand.
The vast majority of EMI’s library will be available to download through Digital On Demand’s proprietary Red Dot Network.
Consumers will be able to preview or purchase CDs from the network via kiosks in stores. Albums will be burned and printed on the spot, including the cover sleeve. Eventually consumers will be able to download music from the kiosks directly onto portable digital music players.
EMI has approximately 1,500 artists in its stable and releases around 1,300 albums a year through its various labels. EMI expects its digital download system to go live this autumn.
EMI is not the first to make a foray into digital download. Sony Music Entertainment has already announced that it plans to digitally distribute music to stores.
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