DRM-free music service launches in a few days
A brand new service offering non legal rights-protected digital music is placed to debut in a few days.
MP3.com founder and mind of desktop Linux company Linspire, Michael Robertson, will announce the service – MP3tunes – on Thursday in a few days.
Own that which you buy
MP3tunes won’t make use of a format with digital legal rights management (DRM) technology to repeat-safeguard the tracks it costs download, but rather uses the most popular MP3 format without DRM, Robertson stated within an interview.
At launch, MP3tunes will offer you a couple of hundred 1000 tracks from independent labels and artists for around $.88 per track or $8.88 per album, Robertson stated. MP3tunes has yet to approach the main record labels, he stated.
Freedom useful, consumer choice
Since the tracks is going to be offered in MP3 format, purchasers may use the background music they purchase on almost any digital very good music player or computer, in addition to make limitless copies of the tunes and burn their music onto CD, Robertson stated. Other online music retailers restrict what customers can perform using their tunes.
“I’m not going a global where each piece of music or every device I purchase includes a fruit emblem onto it,Inch Robertson stated, mentioning to Apple. The pc vendor continues to be belittled for implementing DRM technology so tracks bought in the iTunes music store could be performed only on its ipod device portable media player and this is not on every other ipod.
“I’m interested in a global where consumers possess a choice: They are able to choose any portable player, any software program, any operating-system, and pay attention to their music,” Robertson stated. “It is exactly what MP3 brings.”
Major labels? Away from present
Robertson is hopeful that major record labels may wish to offer their music through MP3tunes although the service lacks copyright protection: “Clearly that might be a big change where they’re at. They’ve licensed their music to DRM-based systems, although not to non-DRM-based systems. We are attempting to push the envelope.”
Additionally towards the music download service, Robertson in a few days intends to unveil a brand new device known as the MP3beamer. The beamer is a hub for digital music that may be linked to a house stereo along with other products in addition to let consumers access their music from multiple locations, Robertson stated.
Robertson founded MP3.com in 1997. The website received attack in the record niche for something that permitted customers to obtain online use of music they possessed on CDs. MP3.com was ultimately offered to Vivendi Universal in 2001 inside a deal worth $372 million, a windfall for Robertson.