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Naspter Sets Songs Free With DRM-less Download Platform

Ex-renegade Napster is the first major online music store to sell music tracks from the four major music labels without any digital rights management solutions and has announced that it will concentrate on selling individual tracks and albums rather than per month subscriptions.

The move means that more than six million songs will be available to prospective and future Naspter customers who can then transfer their downloads to other devices and possibly on file sharing networks.

Napster's Bosss Chris Gorog said in a statement that the service would move online music from under the DRM cloud, admittedly to greener pastures.

The monthly subscription service offered by Napster comes with Digital Rights Management though which means that the original restrictions on DRM-protected files still applied; users won't be able to listen to downloaded files if they

Amazon is the only other major online music store that is currently offering DRM-free music downloads although this service is not available outside the US for now.

Napster is amongst a number of players that want to end the virtual monopoly of iTunes on the online music market.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.