Liverpool-based "do-it-yourself" digital download service SafeSell is now offering artists and record companies an additional option to distribute their audio content via iPod-compatible mp3 files.
The extra option will enable consumers to play files on mobile phones, portable audio players, Windows-based personal digital assistants
(PDAs) and smart phones.
The SafeSell system enables independent artists, record companies and specialist content websites to distribute audio and video content to their audience safely, using Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected downloads.
SafeSell users can add files to their own website or to community sites such as MySpace, or can distribute them through a variety of media including CD-ROM, peer-to-peer computer networks, newsgroups and email.
Users can set their own prices in up to six major currencies and can restrict the sale of their content in certain territories. They can also actively encourage their audience to copy and distribute files because SafeSell takes care of DRM protection, online payments and currency conversions. It also provides real-time accounting and monthly payments into the user's PayPal account.
Since the launch of SafeSell in July, 2006, the service has been used on web sites all over the world including the USA, Australia and South Africa. The system is free of set-up costs and users can create their own SafeSell files from a Windows-based computer in any location.
The only requirements are a PayPal account, the company's free "SafeSell Media Manager" software and a fast internet connection. SafeSell also provides a free encoding service for customers with large content volumes.