Universal France Tests DRM Free Downloads

PARIS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Universal Music in France seems to be quietly testing the DRM free waters with the digital version of "L'Olympia," the first live album from Emilie Simon.

Released on Barclay, the digital version of the album was released on Feb 28, 5 days before it was available at retail.

Universal Music France is quietly testing the sale of DRM-free digital music with "L'Olympia," the first live album of French singer/composer Emilie Simon.

The album was issued digitally on Feb. 28 and at physical retail on March 5 through Universal France's Barclay imprint. The album is available in both mp3 and Windows media format and has since reportedly generated a "few dozen sales" thus far.

Universal Music France, Middle East and Mediterranean-South America president Pascal Negre told Billboard.biz We are making some micro tests. This doesn't change our overall policy on DRM." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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