MOD Systems Kiosks Get Music From Majors8 Jun, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
EMI Music, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group have all signed with digital kiosk operator MOD Systems.
The agreements, in addition to those with several independent labels, give MOD more than 5.2 million DRM-free music tracks the company plans on offering later this year on retail kiosks, which allow consumers to buy content and download it to digital devices, SD memory cards and USB devices. MOD also plans on offering more than 4,000 movies
“While digital music has been making its way to the consumer via two popular channels – the Web and mobile – the market has not yet taken advantage of digital delivery in retail,” said MOD CEO Anthony Bay. “With our system, retailers and ‘out of home’ locations of all types and sizes can offer a vast virtual inventory of digital albums or tracks.”
Kurt Schef, VP and principal analyst at Parks Associates, called the announcement a positive move in the digital arena.
“This enables consumers to purchase digital tracks and albums where they might be buying their MP3 player or new cell phone, and allows stores to carry an expanded catalog of content that might not otherwise be in stock due to shrinking shelf space,” he said.