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Jazz Label Joins the DRM-Free Revolution

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Record label Universal Music Classics & Jazz is making its entire catalogue available online without copying protections as part of an experiment to gauge fans' demand for MP3 tracks.

The trial means Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker", Handel's “Water Music", Louis Armstrong's “What a Wonderful World" and recent recordings such as The Fron Choir's Voices of the Valley will be available free of the copy protection known as DRM (digital rights management).

UCJ, home to the music industry's biggest collection of classical and jazz recordings, said the trial on classicsandjazz.co.uk will explore the appetite for DRM-free “open" MP3s--which can be played on a full range of devices including MP3 players, mobile phones and Apple's iPod.

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