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Monday 17 July, 2000


EMI Digital Music Release

17 July 2000

          EMI Recorded Music and Microsoft Unveil the Largest Single          
                 Release of Digital Music by a Music Company                  

       Over 100 of EMI's Most Popular CDs and Singles Now Available for       
             Secure Digital Download In the Windows Media Format              
REDMOND, Wash., and LOS ANGELES - July 17, 2000 - EMI Recorded Music and
Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of over 100 full-length
albums and singles from EMI's catalog in the Microsoft Windows Media Format -
the largest single release of digital music on the Web by a music
company. The move by EMI coincides with the launch of the new
Windows Media Player 7, available for download beginning midnight
tonight at ( The release by EMI
marks the most significant step by a music company to bring mainstream music
from multiple genres to consumers over the Internet.

'Digital Delivery offers a tremendous opportunity for artists,
music fans and retailers, and EMI is committed to being a leader
in making high quality, secure digital downloads available to
consumers,' said Jay Samit, Senior Vice President, New Media,
EMI Recorded Music. 'Windows Media is a great format for
releasing music today and one that allows us to embrace digital
music sales over the Internet.'

Digital Music for Every Listener
This addition of over 90 hours of content for secure digital
download represents the works of over 80 different artists with
styles including rock, hip-hop, pop, jazz and contemporary
Christian. The available artists include the following:

Audio Adrenaline      Ideal                 Louis Prima
Avalon                Intocable             Queensryche
Pat Benatar           Janet Jackson         Bonnie Raitt
Blondie               Kumbia Kings          Raze
Meredith Brooks       Dave Koz              Sammie
Deana Carter          Less Than Jake        Scarface
Steven Curtis         Ramsey Lewis          Selena
Chapman               Luscious Jackson      Frank Sinatra
Joe Cocker            Marcy Playground      Smashing Pumpkins
Cracker               Mel C                 Spice Girls
D'Angelo              Roy D. Mercer         Rebecca St. James
DCTalk                Millie                Steve Miller Band
Delirious?            Moist                 Supertones
Do Or Die             Anne Murray           George Thorogood
Duran Duran           MXPX                  Michelle Tumes
Eazy E                Newsboys              Tina Turner
Everclear             N.W.A.                Luther Vandross
Gang Starr            Pink Floyd            Steve Wariner
Grand Funk Railroad   Poison                
Ben Harper            

'EMI is demonstrating its leadership in taking full advantage of
the promise of digital media to reach music fans all over the
world,' said Will Poole, vice president of the Digital Media
Division at Microsoft. 'This is an industry-changing move that
clearly shows that Windows Media Technology is making mainstream
digital music a reality today.'

The downloads will be sold online through major retailers
beginning July 18 at suggested prices comparable to those of
traditional retail sales. The EMI albums and tracks will be
featured at The downloads also are
highlighted as part of the integrated Media Guide in the new
Windows Media Player 7. For the next six weeks, to mark the
launch of Windows Media Player 7, music fans can enjoy a 30-
second preview of each track.

About EMI Recorded Music

EMI Recorded Music, the third-largest music company in the world,
is an international music company with presence in nearly 70
countries. EMI Recorded Music includes important local and
international artists, including some of the biggest names in the
recorded music industry. EMI has artists in every leading music
genre, including pop, rock, jazz, classical, Latin, Christian,
country, rap/urban and dance. The world-famous labels include
Capitol, Angel, Blue Note, EMI, Priority and Virgin. Its current
roster includes approximately 1,500 artists, and it releases over
1,000 albums each year.

About Windows Media

Windows Media is the leading digital media platform, providing
unmatched audio and video quality to consumers, content
providers, solution providers, software developers and
corporations. Windows Media offers the industry's only integrated
rights-management solution and the most scalable and reliable
streaming technology tested by independent labs. Windows Media
Technologies includes Windows Media Player for consumers, Windows
Media Services for servers, Windows Media Tools for content
creation, and the Windows Media Software Development Kit (SDK)
for software developers. Windows Media Player, available in 24
languages, is the fastest-growing media player. More information
about Windows Media can be found at

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq 'MSFT') is the worldwide
leader in software, services and Internet technologies for
personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range
of products and services designed to empower people through great
software - any time, any place and on any device.
Microsoft and Windows Media are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may
be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, press only:
     Gwynne Beatty, Rogers & Cowan for Microsoft, (646) 658-8318,
     Nicholas Brown, Shandwick for Microsoft, (425) 452-5400,
     Dawn Bridges, EMI Group, (212) 492-1275,
     Amanda Conroy, EMI Group, (44) 207 335 4848,

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