A new licensing deal will enable Jennifer Lopez fans to download more than 200,000 songs from the internet without breaking any laws.

Record company Sony has signed up to digital music service OD2 to offer a roster of artists including J.LO, Michael Jackson and the MANIC STREET PREACHERS.

CHARLES GRIMSDALE, OD2's chief executive, says, "We can offer consumers a true breadth of choice, as well as superior quality files - two essential planks in our fight to promote legal digital music."

Five major record companies have signed the deal with former Genesis musician Peter Gabriel's company OD2, the other four being EMI, UNIVERSAL, WARNERS and BMG. OD2 allows customers to stream, download and burn tracks in return for a fixed monthly subscription fee. Subscribers can pay for further songs at a fixed cost per track, and they can also download a number of tracks from alternative acts via OD2's licensing deal with the ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC.

During the next six weeks, more than 7,500 tracks from 600 Sony albums will be added to OD2's catalogue, including new releases from Big Brovaz, GOOD CHARLOTTE and Kelly Rowland.

17/06/2003 17:14