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11 music download sites compared

DRM-free digital downloads

Is DRM dead? As more and more music sites sell unrestricted tracks, PC Advisor investigates the best places to download your favourite tunes.

Limewire Store

The developers of the filesharing client LimeWire launched a US-only music download store in May 2008. Almost two million tracks are now available from a wide array of indie labels, and this number continues to grow steadily.

LimeWire requests $1 (65p) per MP3 (256Kbps), or you can opt for a monthly subscription plans that reduces per-song cost dramatically. The Platinum package, for example, brings the cost down to 27c (17p) per track.

Eventually, LimeWire plans to integrate the store within its filesharing software, so purchase links can appear alongside its search results.

Music downloads index:

  1. DRM-free digital downloads
  2. Amazon MP3
  3. Amie Street
  4. Apple iTunes
  5. Audio Lunchbox
  6. Bleep
  7. CD Baby
  8. eMusic
  9. Jamendo
  10. LiveDownloads
  11. Napster
  12. 7Digital
  13. Limewire Store

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