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7digital sees DRM-free music downloads surge

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Jul 2008 1:20 User comments (4)

7digital sees DRM-free music downloads surge The music download store is reporting that since the introduction of DRM-free music from the labels Warner and EMI, sales have skyrocketed over 300 percent propelling the site into second place behind Apple iTunes as the UK's biggest digital retailer.
Year on year download sales were up 300 percent for the year ended June 30th 2008, with CEO Ben Drury adding, “High-quality, DRM-free MP3 downloads have really sparked a new wave of digital music take up.”

Drury also notes that the MP3 format offers superior compatibility to DRM-crippled WMA files or Apple's use of AAC and for that reason, many users are moving to the site.

80 percent of’s catalog is now DRM-free, (representing over 3 million songs) leading Drury to add, “It is now clear that MP3 downloads represent the future for digital music. With two of the four major labels now supporting MP3 in the UK, we expect to see the whole market supporting MP3 in the not-too-distant future.”

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4 user comments

19.7.2008 14:04

Still won't appease them. Because as long as torrent trackers and sharing sites exist, the music industry will claim that they sales could have been up by 600%. And they will keep fighting to tighten the IP noose.

29.7.2008 20:06

I don't know,I think 7Digital's done complaining for now.
They're finally open to the fact that DRM sucks.It's unfair for the buyer,and puts the company itself at a very large fall point compared to a provider that doesn't use DRM.
Crippling music files is a pretty lousy way to get customers,and 7Digital finally realized that DRM is the same thing as consumercide.
I bought DRM,because you can always rerecord it and negate it yourself.It's the principle of it,the fact that they are attempting to cripple it makes me angry.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Jul 2008 @ 8:10

312.7.2008 06:17

Just shows that the consumer wants DRM free downloads

"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition

416.7.2008 01:21

Lossless, we need lossless DRM-free music to buy!

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