UK-based Wippit is a two-year old service. The deal means users – who must subscribe – can download EMI's music from a central server hosted by the file-sharing company.
Wippit subscribers pay £30 a year and have unlimited access to download, transfer and burn to CD music from nearly 200 independent labels – and now also from EMI's extensive catalogue.
The service employs a Whiltelist system, in which code embedded in tracks will contact a central server when users try to exchange files. The server checks if the file exchange is authorized, and then allows or disallows the exchange.
The service is currently available for Windows users only, but the company hosts a message that reads: "Wippit is designed to run PC's and Nokia Mediaterminal's. If you're a Mac or Linux user, please join our petition to get the PC crazy Wippit programmers out of Windowsland by sending them an email."