Exclusive offerings on Apple iTunes to include: New Year’s Concert in Vienna – less than two weeks following the live concert recording and two weeks in advance of the U.S. CD release

“Bonus Track” from Hélène Grimaud: Credo on Deutsche Grammophon

New York, New York, January 7, 2004 – Today, Universal Classics announced that, for the first time, the world’s largest classical music company will now make available for digital downloading over a thousand titles from the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips catalogs via Apple’s iTunes Music Store. In addition, Universal Classics will now offer new releases on a regular basis to the iTunes Music Store as well as even more titles from top artists over the coming months.

To celebrate the launch of this new collaboration, Universal Classics is offering two exclusive download opportunities to iTunes customers:

For the first time, the New Year’s Concert in Vienna (2004), featuring conductor Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic will be available for digital download on iTunes on January 13th — less than two weeks following the live broadcast and a full two weeks before it will be available on CD in the United States. The world-famous Viennese tradition, featuring the waltzes, polkas and marches of the famous Strauss dynasty is also the world’s largest live event broadcast.

A performance of Bach’s Prelude in C-major (BWV 846) by the mesmerizing French pianist Hélène Grimaud will be available only to iTunes customers. Grimaud’s Credo, a unique and compelling concept album featuring the music of Arvo Pärt, Beethoven and John Corigliano is one of the most highly-anticipated classical releases of the year and marks the pianist’s Deutsche Grammophon debut. The CD will be released on January 13.

Christopher Roberts, Chairman of Universal Classics Group, commented: “We are delighted to begin digital distribution of the world’s greatest classical music recordings in this exciting collaboration with Apple iTunes.” iTunes has recently made changes to their classical section offering greater flexibility for consumers. Jonathan Gruber, Vice President New Media, Universal Classics, added: “This is the first step in an evolutionary process that makes more quality classical music accessible to the expanding online audience.”