January 24, 2011 03:01 ET

The Industry's Largest Independent Distributor of Classical Music, IODA Intensifies Genre Focus With New Content and Service Partnerships

American Symphony Orchestra, Halle, New World Records and Opus Arte Join IODA's Rich Classical Catalog; New Partnerships With Specialty Classical Retailers Connect IODA Labels With Music Fans Throughout Europe

CANNES, FRANCE--(Marketwire - January 24, 2011) -  IODA, the global leader in digital distribution, marketing, and technology solutions for the independent music industry, today announced new content and retail partnerships that expand its classical music roster, which represents 15 percent of IODA's catalog and 4.5 percent of the United States classical digital market. New worldwide distribution and marketing deals with American Symphony Orchestra, Celestial Harmonies, Hallé, New World Records, Philharmonia Baroque and Opus Arte enhance IODA's world-class classical catalog. New service partnerships with Ariama and Passionato expand IODA's distribution network, making it ideal for independent classical labels and distributors. The announcement was made today at the MIDEM 2011 Conference in Cannes, France.

Classical's Digital Leader

Since 2003, IODA has cultivated a growing roster of high quality recordings from some of the most talented classical recording artists in the world. American Symphony Orchestra, Celestial Harmonies, Hallé, New World Records, Opus Arte and Philharmonia Baroque join IODA's deep catalog of classical leaders including Avie, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion Records, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, The Sixteen Productions Ltd., Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Winter & Winter.

Always striving to bring unique and high value opportunities to its clients, IODA has played an integrated role in many industry firsts. In collaboration with IODA, the New York Philharmonic launched the first-ever classical music iTunes Pass in December 2009 with live concert recordings from the 2009-10 season with Music Director Alan Gilbert. In December 2010, IODA and the New York Philharmonic launched the second version of the Pass. Buyers can now receive digital liner notes for each release, bonus content such as Alan Gilbert's commentary from the stage, as well as lectures and talks by scholars and performers.

"The New York Philharmonic's downloads, with performances led by Alan Gilbert, help to create a greater awareness of music -- and of the Philharmonic -- and they encourage people to come to Avery Fisher Hall to enjoy the live concert experience," said Vince Ford, director of new media, NY Philharmonic. "IODA has been an important partner in achieving this goal so we are pleased to be working with them again for this season's series."

Industry Accolades

  • 2010 GRAMMY nominations: IODA had 14 GRAMMY albums nominated from seven labels across 18 different categories in 2010. From Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Opera Recording to Best Choral Performance, Best Orchestral Performance and Best Chamber Music Performance, IODA's artists represent topnotch talent across categories. 

  • 2010 Gramophone Awards: IODA labels Avie, Hallé, Harmonia Mundi and Hyperion were recognized with eight awards for the quality, diversity and remarkable achievements of their artists.

Global Network of Retail Partners
Ariama and Passionato join IODA's network of global service providers including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and niche retailers including Classical Archives and Leveraging Sony's relationships and reach, IODA has expanded its relationships with niche retailers in order to serve the widest fan base possible.

  • Ariama -- Offering recordings from more than 200 major and independent labels in high-quality MP3 and lossless download formats,, the new online classical store from Sony Music Entertainment, revolutionizes shopping for classical music on the web with powerful search and discovery tools designed specifically for the needs of classical music fans.

  • Passionato -- an online music store specializing in classical music that launched in 2008, more than 18,000 works are available as DRM-free high quality mp3 files, and for some works in FLAC format.

"Ariama is committed to providing its users with the broadest and most compelling selection of classical music possible," said Leslie Cohen, senior vice president, New Products and Services, Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment. "We are pleased to be working with IODA to offer our customers access to their high-quality Classical catalog." 

About IODA
IODA, the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, is one of the industry-leading digital distribution companies for the global independent music and video community. IODA provides comprehensive services to record labels, physical distributors, artists, and filmmakers, including license negotiations; media encoding and metadata management; royalty payment administration and reporting; and marketing and promotional support. Founded in 2003, IODA represents a rapidly expanding roster of more than two million music tracks and thousands of independent film and video titles. IODA distributes its music and video catalog to hundreds of digital storefronts worldwide, including all major digital music services like iTunes®, Amazon MP3 and Spotify, and mobile carriers and outlets such as Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Vodafone. The company's website is

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