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Orchard Adds 8 Digital Music Stores

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

The Orchard has added additional distribution partnerships with eight leading digital music stores: Virgin Megastores France, Yeahronimo Media Ventures, 7 Digital, Ruckus, Bollyvista, MusicNow, Soundbuzz and iMusica. These stores will carry The Orchard's unparalleled independent music catalogue that spans 72 countries and every subgenre and includes more than 300,000 tracks. The Orchard already has digital distribution and marketing relationships in place with over 100 of the world's leading digital music stores, including iTunes, eMusic, MSN, MusicMatch, Real/Rhapsody and 24/7 MusicShop.

The Orchard's new partners include:

  • Virgin Megastores France – offers 500,000 titles from
    major labels and various independents and leverages the Megastore's
    offline customer base of millions of shoppers. Virgin offers "no
    commitment" downloads at euro 0.99 and albums at euro 9.99. Downloaded
    tracks can be burned or transferred up to 7 times;

  • Yeahronimo Media Ventures – Launched in June 2004, Yeahronimo was the
    first legal online music distributor in The Netherlands. It sells
    content direct to consumers, as well as to other businesses and licenses
    content from major music labels, sports outlets [football league, field
    hockey events] and pay-per-view music event coordinators. Yeahronimo
    has registered 380,000 music download customers and 42,000 event-
    streaming customers since inception;

  • 7 Digital – Since 2004, London-based 7 Digital has delivered more than
    250,000 digital products through 7 Digital powered services for clients
    including MetroTunes, Video Networks, Universal, EMI, Warner Music, Sony
    BMG and V2 and through partner sites including AOL, MSN, Lycos,
    Freeserve, Yahoo!, NME and XFM;

  • Ruckus Network – Launched in 2004, Virginia-based Ruckus provides the
    most comprehensive digital media service available for colleges today.
    The Ruckus service includes a fully licensed music library that features
    hundreds of thousands of tracks from both major and independent labels,
    as well as movies, community features and a self-publishing tool.
    Ruckus is enjoyed by thousands of college students and is quickly
    becoming the brand of choice for higher education institutions across
    the U.S;

  • Bollyvista – Catering to the South Asian audience, the largest
    entertainment market in the world, accounting for almost 20% of the
    world's population, is a destination website containing
    movie news, reviews, trailers and interactive content, in addition to
    audio clips of Bollywood music;

  • MusicNow – Formerly known as FullAudio, this Chicago-based digital music
    store was founded in April 1999. It is currently owned by Circuit City
    and offers more than 40 channels of music programming from major labels
    [BMG, EMI, Sony, Universal, Warners] and independents;

  • Soundbuzz – Soundbuzz is a digital music services provider with a focus
    on the Asia-Pacific markets. Based in Singapore, it is Asia's leading
    digital music service. Soundbuzz specializes in the promotion and legal
    distribution of International and local digital music content (music
    downloads, ringtones and true tones via on-line and wireless) with
    partners including Nokia, Creative Technology, Optus, Telstra, MSN,
    Singnet, Pacific Internet, Yahoo Australia and The Times of India Group.
    Soundbuzz's network spans Southeast Asia, India, Australia, Hong Kong,
    China and Taiwan; and

  • iMusica – Founded in 2000, iMusica is Brazil's leading digital music
    store with music from 60 record labels, including Indie, Atracao and
    Trama. iMusica recently partnered with MSN Music to power forthcoming
    MSN stores in South America. In addition, iMusica will offer Brazilian
    music into Windows Media Player 10 throughout Latin Americaon the
    iMusica flagship.

"The addition of these leading digital music stores reinforces The Orchard's position as the world's pre-eminent distributor and marketer of independent music," said Greg Scholl, chief executive of The Orchard and managing director of Dimensional Associates, the company that owns The Orchard, eMusic and Dimensional Music Publishing. "We look forward to working closely with our new partners to help promote and merchandise great independent music. As our catalogue continues to expand, we will continue to introduce the best independent music to a global audience and develop new revenue and promotion opportunities for our distributed artists and labels." –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen