Napster launches DRM-free music store

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Napster, the now completely legit online music service, hasproved true to its CES announcement in January and launched a DRM-free musicstore.
Billed as the ‘world’s largest online music store withoutDRM’, the site has over 6 million tracks, all of which have been encoded toMP3. That’s right, MP3. Not WMA. Not AAC. This means that unlike iTunes, the musiccontent can be played on ANY MP3 player and transferred to CD, mobile phone, USBstick, and shared however you want.
Version 4.5
As of today, Napster’s site offers a version 4.5 upgrade ofits software that houses the non-DRM content. All four of the major musiclabels (Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal) and a raft of independents havesigned on to the store.
Each track will cost users 99 cents (around 52p) and areencoded as 256Kbps, which makes for more-than reasonable sound and the relevantalbum art will come with each tune.
Speaking about the announcement, Napster's Chairman and CEOChris Gorog, said: "Musicfans have spoken and it’s clear they need the convenience, ease of use andbroad interoperability of the DRM-free MP3 format, and they want to be able tofind both major label artists and independent music all in one place. Napsteris delighted to deliver all of this and more with the world’s largest MP3 catalogue."


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