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Peter Gabrielís Real World Records To Offer Digital Music Via Subscription Service Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 August 2001
Beating Napster and other major labels to the punch, visionary musician and now entrepreneur Peter Gabriel has a new subscription based service for Internet music downloads. The service is called "Womad Digital Channel," and will give users a package of 40 tracks for approximately $7.20 every month beginning in September. Gabriel's Real World Records is joined in the venture by Womad, the company renowned for bringing world music to millions at festivals around the globe, and the digital music distribution service OD2, co-founded by Gabriel in 1999. Another label that is on board with Gabriel is Telster, home of R&B artist Craig David and Mis-teeq, plus Germany's Edel, whose catalog includes rock, pop, jazz, classical and alternative music.

Subscribers will be able to choose their 40 tracks from the Real World catalog or receive 40 tracks chosen by Womad, using both back-catalog and current releases. Included in the initial batch of music are songs from Afro Celt Sound System, Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Zairian rhumba-rocker Papa Wemba, Ayub Ogada, Joseph Arthur and Orquestra Reve.

To prevent illegal copying and trading, the tracks will be playable only on the subscriber's personal computer or portable devices and will not be transferable to other PCs. The tracks will expire and automatically be deleted after a month, but subscribers will be given the option to buy a permanent digital copy of a track or a the entire album. For more information or to sign up for the service, log on to www.womad.org or www.petergabriel.com

Source CNET news and Reuters

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