MP3 DRM-free Music Store

Dear Lazyweb,

I’m looking for a cool MP3 DRM-free online music store for european residents. Any suggestion?

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17 thoughts on “MP3 DRM-free Music Store”

  1. It’s kind of special-purpose, but if you’re into electronic music (particularly IDM and dubstep), Bleep have been around for years now, and are brilliant. Boomkat are quite good, and have a wider electronic selection as well. Don’t know about non-electronic stuff though, sorry. :)

  2. I use emusic. I don’t know that it counts as a “store” since it’s suscription-based, but I know it’s international at least USA and Australia and their music is DRM-less. Also Magnatune, though I don’t know if they work for Europe. It’s something of a usual suspect, so you may have eliminated already. Oh and if you like electronic, Warp records has their music store, bleep.com that sells DRM-less mp3’s and maybe flacs, IIRC. They’re based in the UK, so I’m sure they are Europe-friendly.

  3. I assume that 1) you don’t want to use the usual trick of using a US address or similar, in which case you could use Amazon MP3, and 2) you don’t want to use something like mp3sparks?

  4. According to my research, there isn’t one, assuming that you want to buy actual chart music rather than independent stuff. If you’re not interested in finding songs that you’ve heard on the radio, but instead want to discover new music that you didn’t know about previously, then there’s eMusic, Magnatune, and Jamendo.

  5. I use last.fm, the UK-based streaming radio station that learns what you like. As well as offering free mp3 downloads for certain tracks, it also lets you buy via a store called 7digital, though I’ve never used that service personally.

    Although 7digital was primarily DRM’d WMA files it appears to have a growing selection of plain mp3 (it also seems they do MP4 video without DRM too):

    http://www.7digital.com/mp3

    The artists on that page seem a broad selection of popular music from Kylie to Pink Floyd via Radiohead

  6. Actually, I tell a lie, I have used 7digital to buy mp3’s, they’re the store that the Super Furry Animals offers their new singles through and i got a bundle that included a free digital track with the physical copy.

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