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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.

Audio Lunchbox

audiolunchbox.com

This easy-to-explore site offers a vast selection of indie-label albums from a variety of genres. Audio Lunchbox has everything from virtually unknown acts to big-name artists such as Tom Waits and The Game, all in MP3 format. You can either sign up for one of its month-to-month subscription plans (these start at £6.80) or buy tracks à la carte (about 65p per track). Audio Lunchbox offers 50 free downloads when you sign up for a subscription plan. Other bonuses include weekly editors' picks and top 10 lists.

More than two million tracks are available at a quality of 192Kbps Variable BitRate (VBR; this means the bitrate changes during the file in order to save space where the maximum encoding level isn't required). It's easy to find what you're looking for, too, with a search facility that specifies 32 genres and track and artist names.

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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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