Beck, DMX Label To Sell Downloads

Universal reportedly to roll out digital sales program in spring.

Universal Music Group, the world's largest record company and home to

Beck, DMX, Garbage and Shania Twain, will

begin testing new downloading technology later this month, with the goal

of selling music by download in April or May. The plan was announced

Monday (Dec. 6) by Edgar Bronfman Jr., chief executive officer of Universal's

parent company, Seagram, in a speech at a New York media-investment

conference, the Wall Street Journal reported. BMG Entertainment,

whose labels produce the Backstreet Boys, Santana and

Foo Fighters, is a partner in the project.