Berlin, Germany, December 5, 2007 – Universal Music Germany’s new JazzEcho Download Shop is an invitation to browse the incomparable back catalogues of the company’s jazz labels and download the selected albums and tracks directly. The Universal Music Group offers a wealth of choice on its labels Verve, EmArcy, ECM, GRP, Jazzland, Concord, MPS, Impulse, Argo, Fontana, A&M, Blue Thumb and Chess, and is the first music group to present a download shop tailored to the needs of the jazz fan: high sound quality and easy access.

No other record company has such an extensive jazz catalogue as the Universal Music Group, home to current stars of the jazz scene like Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Jamie Cullum and Till Brönner. Today’s big names are flanked by the wide-ranging back catalogue of high-calibre traditional labels such as ECM, Impulse and MPS as well as Concord Jazz, Contemporary, Fantasy, Milestone, Pablo, Prestige and Riverside. Jazz fans the world over value this unique range of recorded talent and the superb recording technology of the individual tracks. At last the entire jazz repertoire of Universal Music Group is available in a central download shop at Superb digital sound quality is another of’s big advantages, with a bit rate of 320 kilobits per second (kbps) setting new standards.

Christian Kellersmann, Managing Director of Universal Music Classics & Jazz, Germany explains: “The JazzEcho Download Shop is the logical continuation of our tried and tested print and online brand JazzEcho into the digital market. The download shop has the repertoire and the superior sound quality to win the loyalty of a host of jazz fans.”

The JazzEcho Download Shop fulfils the desire of many jazz customers for a full-service online portal. Germany’s leading online portal in all jazz-related topics, the JazzEcho website, now has a download shop alongside its online editorial team and its CD and merchandising shop.

The shop is fully integrated into the existing website, giving users of JazzEcho easy access to the world of digital downloads. The convenient search functions make it easy to locate and select music for immediate download. The selection already includes over 2000 complete albums or box sets in maximum sound quality. A bit rate of 320 kilobits a second (kbps) gives audio quality indistinguishable from that of a CD and far surpasses the usual download standard of 128 to 192 kbps. Users also have all the information on the JazzEcho Website at their disposal: artists and labels, promotional videos and tour dates, TV and radio broadcasts.

Right at the start of the JazzEcho Download Shop, a string of album tracks no longer available on CD is on offer. More discontinued titles will follow soon. The JazzEcho Download Shop will prove to be a unique treasure trove of music with historical and artistic value, downloadable at any time by music-lovers on demand. Once in the shop, the customer can choose between a complete album, a boxed set or just a single track. Users have a convenient shopping basket and various payment modes (all credit cards, Click & Buy or Premium SMS) at their disposal.

Now music-lovers who have never downloaded before can take the plunge and enjoy the superb technical, artistic and musical quality familiar to them from the jazz labels of the Universal Music Group. Downloading a single track costs one euro and 29 cents, a complete album 11 euro 99. All tracks and albums can be sampled by customers over a pre-listening player that allows them free choice of any part of the track and thus takes account of the complexity of jazz numbers, which usually have more than just the one tune and one chorus familiar from pop and rock music.

Alongside full-track downloads, there is a range of ringtones, mobile videos and wallpapers from the world of jazz. These digital offerings will be steadily expanded during the course of 2008.

All present and prospective jazz fans are warmly welcome!

The new JazzEcho Download Shop is addressed not only to connoisseurs but is a treat in store for all who are interested in jazz and want to learn more about it. Thanks to its informative recommendations, practical commentaries and generous listening samples, it will prove a real find for insiders and newcomers alike. The online service is so designed that customers can make their purchases in a matter of minutes or simply browse to their heart’s content.