Bigpond signs deals with all four major record labels

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Bigpond has boosted its digital music profile through a deal with all four major record labels to its online music store to compete with iTunes.

SonyBMG, Universal, Warner Music and EMI; as well as several independent labels such as MGM and Liberation, bring the current catalogue of songs from 20,000 to 1 million-plus by January 2009.

“BigPond now gives iPod users an alternative place to purchase their favourite music in a format that will work on their player," Justin Milne, group managing director, said.

“BigPond is changing the online music game by creating a truly open world that puts consumers in the driving seat.”

Music is expected to be DRM, though its competitor iTunes has a collection of songs from EMI that are available without DRM and on a higher bitrate.

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