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Magex Partners MusicMatch in Download Deal

Magex, the digital commerce service from NatWest, says that UK users who download digital music tracks protected by its technology will be able to hear them in CD-quality sound, thanks to a deal with MusicMatch.

The new agreement enables consumers to play their Magex protected tracks using MusicMatch Jukebox, its personal jukebox software. Users can pick their favourite tunes from the Internet in MP3, compile them into a 'dream compilation' and listen to them in high quality audio, similar to the sound obtained from traditional stereo systems.

"We believe that this will encourage more record labels and artists to distribute their music over the Internet and that Magex consumers will be able to download a much broader range of high quality music," said Peter Beverley, managing director of Magex.

"MusicMatch has helped to pioneer online music distribution and now has nearly one million people downloading software from its web site every month."

The new scheme is still only an experiment, however, and is limited to the months of August and September. The full Magex service is expected to be made available to the general public later in the year.

MusicMatch, headquarterd in San Diego, Calif., runs one of the worlds 50 most popular music Web sites, offering a huge collection of downloadable music from independent artists.