UK music download service Wippit today revealed itself to have signed digital deals with two new majors - Universal and Warners.
The company will be able to begin distributing repertoire from both majors through its Web site. Warner artists include: Linkin Park, Green Day and REM; while tracks from Universal's stable - Scissor Sisters, U2, Keane and Snow Patrol. Universal's one million strong song catalogue will be available initially only to UK customers, while Warner's will only be accessible to European music fans.
Universal Music's divisional director of new media, Rob Wells, said: "Universal Music UK is extremely excited to be working with a company as diverse and nimble as Wippit and is happy to have them on board as a download partner."
Warner Music head of digital business development Matt Rennie said: "Adding Wippit to Warner's expanding digital distribution network provides yet another outlet for our artists to reach their fans who like to buy their music digitally. We are delighted to be able to add our catalogue to their innovative service and look forward to working closely with them in the future."
Wippit founder and CEO Paul Myers said, "It's a big day for Wippit. These deals really put us on the top rung of digital entertainment retailers".
BPI executive chairman Peter Jamieson said: "Today's music fans now have compelling alternatives to theft, and today's announcement is further evidence of the industry's commitment to making its music available as widely as possible."Mac developer required
Wippit is also seeking a Mac developer to help it ensure service parity for Mac users who want to use Wippit's MP3 download service. Interested developers should send their CV and request for further information to Wippit directly.