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.