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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.



This subscription-based music store is the world's largest retailer of independent music and the second-largest digital music retailer, with a catalogue of four million tracks and 5,000 audiobook titles. You can access editorials by eMusic's team of music experts, recommendations and member playlists.

Unfortunately, eMusic subscriptions are for songs or audiobooks, not both. However, both subscription packages allow you to download a set number of books or tracks per month for a reasonable flat-rate fee. At the time of writing, eMusic was also offering 50 free downloads to get you started.

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The eMusic music packages start at £10 for 30 downloads a month and rise to £14, which offers 75 tracks a month. The basic audiobook package costs £7.99 per month and lets you download one audiobook per month; the Audiobooks Plus package costs £14 for two per month. You can cancel at any time and the music or audiobooks are yours to keep.

eMusic offers hits from classic acts such as Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Bob Marley and Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as new artists such as Spoon, The New Pornographers and Ying Yang Twins. Audiobooks are available at 64Kbps, while MP3 files come with 192Kbps VBR quality.

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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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