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NEWS: We7 and Sony BMG offer tunes for free

We7.com has added Sony BMG to the list of record labels on its advert-supported download service. The website has over 500,000 tracks from the likes of Bob Dylan, Editors and Alicia Keys thanks to the Sony BMG tie-in.

Tracks are available to stream and download – both completely free.

The free tracks contain an advert at the start, which helps the site to pay the artists and record labels on your behalf, despite you not paying any money yourself. Your advert is removed after a set number of listens. That said, If you'd rather not buy a track with an ad at the front, then We7.com allows you to do this, too.

Steve Purdham, co-founder and CEO of We7 comments: "To date music fans have really only had two choices to get the music how they want it - buy or steal. Today we're changing that by putting the fans and artists first to deliver a fresh new alternative.

Simply fans get the music they want and now have the choice of paying with their money or paying with a small amount of their time. So everybody is happy"

Co-founded by ex-Genesis front man Peter Gabriel and launched in May 2007, the site has since reached over 3 million downloads and over 100,000 subscribers.

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Joe Cox
Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).