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BMG signs a deal with RioPort

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 28 Jan 2002 14:30

BMG became the first of major record labels to sign a distribution agreement with RioPort who has been developing a technology that would allow users to purchase music from the Net to be used in consumer electronics devices instead of regular PCs.
RioPort says also that it is about to sign deals with other four major record labels "shortly". RioPorts d2d (direct-2-device) technology is going to be implemented to various consumer electronics products such as portable digital audio players, car stereos and mobile phones. Manufacturers supporting RioPort's technology include Samsung, Texas Instruments and SONICBlue.

RioPort's technology obeys rules set by content owner, such as how many times one track can be downloaded before it is destroyed and has to be purchased again. RioPort says that at least 22,000 BMG songs will be available to its service when it's about to launch in March 2002 and more will be added later.

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