“In a bid to compete with Apple’s iTunes digital music downloading service in Europe, a Dutch record company has launched a web site offering 250,000 tracks from five major record labels. Free Record Shop Holding NV, which sells music, films and games at stores around northwest Europe, debuted its Dutch and French-language Web sites Tuesday,” The Associated Press reports.
“The sites received more than 500,000 Internet visitors in the first 24 hours, beating previous weekly records for all the company’s sites together, said Olaf Zwijnenburg, who is overseeing the introduction,” AP reports. “The service competes with popular licensed music download services such as iTunes which do not have the legal rights to sell the selection being offered by the Free Record Shop in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg… Unlike Apple’s iTunes store, which uses the AAC format, Free Record employs Microsofot’s WMA format.”
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MacDailyNews Take: How “free” is the Free Record Shop when visitors have to purchase downloads at prices ranging from $1.09 for a single song to $26.80 for a popular new double album?