updated 01:15 pm EST, Wed January 28, 2004
Nupha Music Store
has launched a new international cross-platform music store, which features a growing library of songs from many independent music labels. It is compatible with Macintosh (running Mac OS X 10.3 and iTunes 4 or greater) and PC computers (running WMP series 9 or greater): "Nupha is the first independent music provider compatible with Apple iTunes. On Macintosh, users must download and install a small package (known as the nupha kit) which allows iTunes to play nupha encrypted media. Media are encoded in AAC 128 Kbps on Mac and WMA 192 Kbps on Windows." Songs are 0.99€ or 8.99€ for a complete album (including VAT).
The store offers Personal Use Rights similar to Apple's iTunes Music Store, but does yet support transfers to an iPod. "Users can play their medias on up to 3 computers, burn them an unlimited amount of time and transfer their files to their SDMI compliant device (Windows only feature for now) an unlimited amount of time." The company said it is working on iPod support, which it expects to be available "soon." The site is available in both English and French.