updated 10:55 am EDT, Tue October 3, 2006
PayPlay.FM offers MP3s
PayPlay.FM today revealed plans to offer unprotected MP3s of its 600,000 tracks at the cost of $0.88 cents per track, rivaling Apple's iTunes Music Store's price of $0.99 cents per individual track and reducing copy protection to expand user freedom. The company provides digital rights protection of media files for independent artists, and timed its announcement to coincide with "Day Against DRM." PayPlay.FM also announced that it is offering free music downloads for new users who register on October 3rd. "In our opinion, the anti-DRM movement is not about making the music free or eliminating DRM, but about giving customers the freedom of choice," said Elliot Goykhman, CEO of PayPlay. PayPlay's DRM-protected tracks are priced at $0.77 cents each, and are encoded at 192Kbps -- significantly higher quality than Apple's iTunes tracks, which are encoded at 128Kbps. Unprotected tracks ($0.88 cents each) and are supported by any portable media player capable of playing MP3 files.