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100m downloads for iTunes competitor

eMusic claims second spot behind Apple

Online independent music reseller eMusic has announced that it’s sold 100 million downloads. The company has been selling music online for about three years, and announced it had sold 50 million songs about 11 months ago.

The 100 million downloads landmark may be a drop in the ocean compared to the success of iTunes – Apple's store, which recently rebuffed claims that sales were in decline, had sold more than 1.5 billion songs by last September – but it's good enough to put eMusic in second place in the music download market, according to the company. eMusic boasts a catalogue of more than 2 million tracks, doubling its amount of music available in 2006.

eMusic sells tracks from 9,800 independent labels. The company sells tracks encoded using MP3. Unlike songs downloaded from the iTunes Store and other major commercial services, eMusic's MP3 files aren't encumbered with any kind of Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions.


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