Qtrax boss confirms three major label deals in place
By CMU Editorial | Published on Friday 18 March 2011
The boss of digital music service Qtrax, which was suddenly reborn earlier this month and is now operating in ten countries including the US, has confirmed he has deals in place with three of the majors, the hold outs being Warner.
As previously reported, EMI had already confirmed it had a “short term” licensing arrangement with Qtrax, while Sony and Universal deals were widely reported. The digital firm’s boss man, Allan Klepfisz, says these deals give his company access to the three majors’ entire catalogues, while adding that talks with Warner are ongoing, and that a deal with a big indie label aggregator is close.
Billboard also questioned Klepfisz about why his digital offer has taken so long to come to fruition, after its famous false launch at MIDEM in 2008, and whether a DRMed download service can work in the streaming music era, even if the music is free and paid for by advertising. You can read the full interview here.