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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.

Bleep

bleep.com

Bleep specialises in electronic and indie music. At 99p apiece, individual tracks are priced a little higher than at the other sites we've listed, but albums are reasonable at £6.99. You can also preview entire songs, rather than 30-second clips, and Bleep has some cool exclusive content.

One artist, for instance, included a comic book with his album that you can view as you listen.

Tracks added to the service since January 2006 can be downloaded at 320Kbps. Those added prior to this date are available with VBR encoding. Bleep claims these files are still of a very high quality and indistinguishable from 320Kpbs MP3s.

While Bleep is easy to use, it has a fairly basic website and allows searches only by artist or label. Orders can be paid for by debit/credit card or PayPal, but there's a charge on orders less than £5 if you use a debit card or PayPal.

NEXT PAGE: CD Baby

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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