Following the successful release of top 5 digital single “U-Turn (Lili)” by Aaron in MP3 format on the FnacMusic.com service in France in October 2006, Believe, has agreed to make its entire catalogue of 70.000 tracks available in MP3 format to all major download services in France, including FnacMusic and VirginMega.
This decision taken in agreement with the labels and artists represented by Believe will make the largest catalogue of French, Belgian, Italian and Spanish independent labels available for download in MP3 format in France. The clients of VirginMega and FnacMusic will now be allowed to download MP3 tracks from artists such as David Vendetta, Kaolin, Tony Allen, Keny Arkana, Stomy Bugzy, Mulatu Astatque, Paris Jazz Big Band, Alabina, Magma, Manu Dibango…
For this occasion and for the first time, the catalogue of leading French publisher Frémeaux & Associés will be made available online. The first collection to be released is the multi-award collection “Quintessence Jazz”.
Given the success we have had with our earlier experimental releases of tracks in MP3 format, we believe that the availability of catalogues in MP3 format has a potential to drive higher download music sales for our labels and artists and for the music industry generally. Adoption of the digital format by music consumers is still in its early stage and all must be done to accelerate the trend: easy-to-use digital download services, a simple pricing structure and the possibility to listen to digital music tracks on any device are the key to accelerating consumer adoption.