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May 26, 2005

A Refreshing Alternative for Online Music

ABCNews:  Michael Kobrin from PC Magazine reviews Audio Lunchbox 2.0, which is a cross-platform, browser-based online music store specializing in indie acts that doesn't require special software to use...The best part for many users is the fact that there is no DRM - so do with it as you please, as long as it's for personal use....But beyond that, I like the fact that you get the album cover art for most selections and in many cases you can also get the liner notes and song lyrics too - which for many is the missing experiential value link to renting or owning a soundfile compared to physical discs...

The company claims to have 350,000 tracks currently available for download (with another 650,000 licensed tracks queued up for in-house encoding) from around 4,000 independent labels. Most songs are $.99 cents and most full-length albums are $9.99. However, they also offer "lunch cards" in $25, $50 and $100 amounts - which give you a price break on bulk purchases. Very cool...

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