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EMI has teamed up with more than 20 outfits including Freeserve, BT, and Tiscali to flog its music online in Europe, the music giant announced today.

The move is seen as a bid by EMI to embrace the digital world while trying to tackle the twin problems of falling music sales and the increased use of illegally downloaded material.

In what it's describing as the biggest European music download initiative by a record company in Europe, EMI says punters will be able to choose from more than 140,000 tracks by some 3,000 artists.

Once the track is purchased, punters ca burn music onto CD-R or copy tracks to portable players. They will also be able to buy singles online as soon as the songs are played on the radio ahead of their full commercial CD launch.

The online catalogue will include music from outfits such as Coldplay, The Dandy Warhols, and Norah Jones. It will also provide access to EMI's back catalogue including David Bowie, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd.

Said Tony Wadsworth, chairman & CEO, EMI Recorded Music UK & Ireland: "EMI has a vast digital catalogue and is now providing consumers with the music they want in a way that is faster, safer and more adaptable than is currently available on any of the current services - and it's legal."

Last November EMI announced the launch of a digital download service in the US with around nine online music distributors. ®

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