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Musicmatch Inks Major Indies

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — Musicmatch, Inc., the leader in personalized music software and services, has signed download sale agreements with Beggars Group, V2 Records and Koch Entertainment for its recently launched music download service. Musicmatch is now licensed to sell more than 500,000 tracks from all five major labels and hundreds of independents through its Musicmatch Downloads service, which launched last week. More than 240,000 songs are currently available for purchase, with thousands added each week.

"These music deals allow us to offer a service we have envisioned for years — one that is friendly and compelling for consumers and puts artists in touch with their fans," said Peter Csathy, Musicmatch president and COO. "A deep and eclectic catalog of downloadable music combined with our unique recommendation technology gives music fans a whole new way to effortlessly discover and buy music they love."

Musicmatch has signed agreements to sell downloadable music from all five major music companies and popular and eclectic independent labels, including Alligator Records, Ark 21 Records, Artemis Records, Beggars Group (comprised of 4AD, Beggars Banquet, Mantra Recordings, Matador Records, Nation Records, Mo'Wax, Too Pure, Wiiija and XL Recordings), Blind Pig Records, CD Baby, the Digital Rights Agency (which represents Barsuk Records, Better Looking Records, Coup D' Etat Entertainment, Om Records, Paper Recordings, Tiger Style Records and Ubiquity Recordings), Epitaph Records, Fantasy, Hollywood Records, Koch Entertainment, Lyric Street Records, Maverick Recording Company, Moonshine Music, The Orchard catalog (comprised of 2,500 independent labels), Palm Records, Razor &Tie Entertainment, Red Eye Distribution, Roadrunner Records, Rounder Records, Sanctuary Records Group, TVT Records, Vagrant Records, V2 Records, and Yep Roc Records. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner