Tuesday, June 3, 2008

SpiralFrog to offer EMI Music

SpiralFrog Inc., which operates an ad-supported, free music and video download Web site, said Monday it will soon begin offering content from Coldplay, Keith Urban and other recording artists as part of a new licensing deal with EMI Music. The EMI deal gives SpiralFrog users access to content from two of the four major recording companies. SpiralFrog inked a licensing deal with Universal Music Group prior to launching last September. The ad-supported service lets users in the U.S. and Canada download audio tracks and music videos for free. It pays labels and other rights holders with ad revenue. Visitors must register and log on to the site at least once every couple of months. Otherwise, the content locks up and can't be played. SpiralFrog downloads also are not compatible with Apple Inc.'s line of iPods. Tracks can be downloaded onto certain devices running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software.

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