Qtrax Inks Deal With Universal for Legal P2P Music

Qtrax, the ambitious free P2P service that took a PR beating in January when it mistakenly announced it had major-label deals in place, seems to be back on track.

The P2P service made public a legitimate deal with Universal Music Group, the world's largest major label, on Tuesday, a month after announcing publishing pacts with EMI and Sony/ATV. Qtrax also has a deal in place with Universal's publishing group, meaning the company can now legally populate its service with Universal music.

A Qtrax spokeswoman said the company will start adding Universal tracks soon. Peter Lofrumento, Universal Music Group's senior vice president of corporate communications, confirmed the new deal.