Universal Music France (Seagram Group) is to launch its musical portal on March 15th. To start with, Universalmusical.fr will provide access to 20,000 musical extracts, including 650 artists, 38 ho...

Universal Music France (Seagram Group) is to launch its musical portal on March 15th. To start with, Universalmusical.fr will provide access to 20,000 musical extracts, including 650 artists, 38 hours of music, 4 500 albums, 3 hours of video. Internauts will be able to subscribe free of charge to various sources of information. The site will be funded by advertising, as well as sales of its records. From September, the site will be able to allow on-line downloading “once we find a standard for security” specifies Pascal Nègre, President of Universal Music France. Sooner or later, the site will launch an assortment of radio stations on the Net and will provide a “free Internet provider” service. (Christine Weissrock - Atelier Paribas 13/03/2000)