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DRM-free music download service launched

Get 25 tracks for nothing on eMusic

Music fans in the UK searching for DRM (digital rights management)-free music to buy legitimately online have a new service to use.

eMusic offers a catalogue of 1.4 million tracks in the open and non-restricted MP3 format. The company launched a UK version of its cross-platform service last week, and is offering users 25 free tracks just for signing up and testing the service.

"Start downloading your free MP3s today and take two weeks to decide if you like eMusic. If you're not 100 percent satisfied simply cancel before your trial period ends and there's absolutely no cost. Keep the 25 tracks as a gift just for checking out eMusic," the company said.

Because tracks are sold in MP3 format, they will work on iPods and any other MP3-supporting digital music player. It's a subscription-based service with a twist – it allows consumers to own, not rent their music.

Music lovers who want to test the service out need to sign up and register, handing over credit card information. At the end of the trial period they can cancel their membership, or continue it by joining one of the service's three subscription packages. The packages range between £9 and £15 per month and will allow you to download up to 90 tracks in that period.


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