Passalong Beefs MP3 Offering, Grabs ADA Catalog

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Nashville-based Passalong Networks recently expanded its MP3-based catalog, thanks to a deal involving the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA).

The catalog of roughly 30,000 tracks comes from high-profile labels Sub Pop, Epitaph, Saddle Creek, Downtown Records, and others, a group eager to embrace DRM-free formats.  Passalong, a white label service, is offering the protection-free content to its clientele.  That includes the download store for retailer f.y.e., owned by Trans World Entertainment.

The ADA deal creeps closely to major Warner Music Group, owner of the independent distributor.  But Warner remains attached to its protected content approach, despite DRM-free shifts by rivals EMI Music and Universal Music Group.  Passalong currently carries a catalog of three million songs, of which roughly two million are DRM-free.