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updated 09:25 am EST, Thu February 10, 2005

DRM-free music service

A new online music store offers DRM-free digital music for $0.88 per song or $8.88 per album. , launched today, was started by Michael Robertson, founder and former CEO of All music sold at MP3tunes will work on any computer and with any portable player including the iPod. Consumers never run the risk of losing their music -- songs that have been purchased are permanently stored in a "music locker" and accessible from any Web browser. MP3tunes differs from other online music services including Apple's iTunes because it does not use digital rights management (DRM) technology, which restricts how a buyer can use the music. More than 22,000 artists are participating in the launch of MP3tunes, with 300,000 songs in high-quality 192 kbps MP3 format, although none of the major record lables have partnered with the service.

by MacNN Staff





  1. chrissyboy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Damn it, why can't these copy cat companies atleast make an effort to create their own interface rather than a blatant rip-off of iTunes MS? And they copy it badly too, most of the names are cropped for me - have you heard of "The Ech..." by "The Wint..."?
    Hope it goes well for them anyway, the world is a better place without DRM. Just wished they'd been a bit more adventurous with the site - check to see it done right.

  1. typoon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good thing for Indies

    This site should be a boon for indies. Those who want to get there musci out and not have DRM. Hopefully they artists will make some money from this too.

  1. jasonsRX7

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wow, that really is a total rip of the ITMS interface. Wonder if they'll get away with it. Regardless, no DRM is the only good DRM. Good luck to them.

  1. iKevin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Copy?

    Looks like a smoothed out version of a standard PHP template to me.

  1. e0feldgg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Now they just need music

    Too bad they have such a poor selection. if I had the choice between buying the same song at Apple or Mp3Tunes, I'd take Mp3 just to avoid the DRM. Also, I could listen to the music on my stereo through EyeHome. Can't do that with Apple's stuff.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good idea

    I don't expect major labels to be on board, but it's great for independent music.

  1. SteveMeister

    Joined: Dec 1969



    DRM stands for "Digital Rights Management", not "Digital Restrictions Management." It's protecting the rights of the copyright holders. I think Apple's version of it (FairPlay) is extremely fair. I can't imagine MP3tunes getting anywhere near the number of record labels that iTunes has to agree to a contract.

  1. chas_m



    Competition is good

    Some artists (not that many, actually, but still) don't want DRM on their music, or wish to give it away more-or-less freely.

    To the extent that this venture encourages legal downloading and supports independent artists, I welcome them. While I continue to applaud the iTMS, competition is good and this will only make the iTMS more aggressive about obtaining indie music.

    Glad to see another Mac-compatible music service, as well. So cheers,! I'm sure I'll be visiting soon.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Different from emusic?

    Do they have better or more artists?

  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Kick a**!

    DRM-free, Mac compatible indie music: I'm in! I agree with the first poster, the truncated titles and band names are very annoying, but I guess it's part of the teething problems that go with a new site like this, just like the bandwidth problems they're experiencing. Looks like they've generated more interest than they initially thought. Good for them! It's a great concept that deserves to succeed. Besides, it's more of a complement than a competitor to the iTMS.

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