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10.17.07 09:53 PM

Universal Music Group to Release USB Singles & Takes on iTunes

From USB core:

"Universal Music is planning to release singles on USB memory sticks, as part of a strategy to stem falling music sales. The first USB releases will include singles from piano rock band Keane and Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole. The USB singles will be available from 29 October, priced at around £4.99, significantly more than a typical £2.99 CD single. However USB provides extra storage capacity, and fans will gain videos and other multimedia with the higher priced format. Universal is testing the USB format market in the UK, prior to the planned release of USB albums. Back To Black by Amy Winehouse, and Kanye West’s Graduation should be available on USB before the end of the year. "

Sorry to be so skeptical, but I'm not sure this will work. What's missing from this story is whether the content can be copied from the USB to a mobile device or your computer. What might work though, is:

From The Independent:

"The major music companies have been crying out for more competition and some of the largest music companies in the world – Universal, Warner Music and Sony BMG – have moved to support new services from the likes of Microsoft and Nokia with an all-you-can-eat subscription deal called "Total Music" that is expected to go live in 2008.

It is early days with the music majors still thrashing out details of the new service and refusing to comment on their plans. It is likely that the device manufacturers will subsidise the service – which will be embedded in a portable music player – for a set period to attract new consumers who could be offered unlimited downloads for free. Reports suggest the cost of subscribing could be set at $5 (£2.46) a month."

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