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Unlimited Music Becomes Mainstream As £100 DRM-Free Service Launches

Datz Music Lounge is the latest online music service to launch and boosts a 1.4 million song catalog from EMI, Warner Music and a number of independent labels, all for a 12-month contract costing £99.99.

Users will be able to download whatever amount they want and most importantly, keep the music after their 12-month contract expires. All files are encoded either as 256kbps and 320kbps MP3 format.

iTunes encodes songs at 128kbps and customers have to switch to iTunes plus to enjoy higher quality music coded at 256kbps.

Since there's no Digital Rights Management system, you will be able to play the music files on most media players on the market.

You will be able to buy the Datz Music Lounge - which includes the required application to download the music (the equivalent of iTunes) and a secure USB dongle that needs to be inserted to access the music.

The service is not compatible with Macs for now and can only be used on two computers and according to Crave (opens in new tab), there will be only 100,000 Datz packs available at launch.

No news either as to whether the other major music labels like Sony or Universal. As it stands, Datz represents the best unlimited music deal and unlike say Nokia's Comes with Music scheme, doesn't tie you up with a particular device.

Find out more about the Datz Music Service here (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

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 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.