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NEWS: Play.com offers DRM-free music downloads

Play.com is offering 1.3 million MP3 music tracks for download free of DRM (Digital Rights Management) copyright restrictions, so they'll play on any portable music device.

The online retailer has just launched its PlayDigital service in an attempt to break Apple's stranglehold on the digital download market with iTunes.

Play.com claims its site is better value than Apple's iTunes store, with its top 100 tracks available for 65p, compared with 79p on iTunes.

Other single tracks cost 70p, and popular albums will cost £6.99, compared to iTunes's £7.99.

However, Apple has already been forced by the European Commission to bring its UK prices in line with the rest of Europe. It's expected to cut the cost of a single track on iTunes from 79p to 74p.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.