Microsoft Signs Deals With NIN, The Artist

Originally published in Sonicnet on November 1, 1999

Windows Media downloadable music format to be used by BMG, TVT labels.

Listeners soon will be able to purchase downloadable albums from Nine Inch Nails and Guided by Voices and sample online music from The Artist and Foo Fighters. Those offers came in a bundle of announcements from Microsoft designed to boost use of its Windows Media online music player. First, indie label TVT will begin selling its entire catalog this week ? including Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine (1989), Guided by Voices' Do the Collapse (1999) and Sevendust's Home (1999) ? by download from www.tvtrecords.com, in the copy-protected Windows Media format. Also, major label BMG said it would use Windows Media to showcase work from two artists each month. That promotion, at WindowsMedia.com, also begins this week, with work from The Artist, and continues later this month with Foo Fighters. Finally, custom-CD and downloadable-music retailer Musicmaker.com will begin using Windows Media by the end of the year.

Transcribed by Keith Duemling

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