Australian music lovers are able to download songs free from restrictions under a deal announced today between Telstra’s BigPond Music store and all four major Australian record labels.
This new deal is the first to see Sony BMG, Universal Music, Warner Music and EMI, as well as independent labels, sell music in an MP3 format that can be played on iPods as well as Sony Walkmans and other digital music players.
Users will also be able to burn the songs to CD and share the files an unlimited number of times, unlike WMA and AAC downloads from BigPond Music and other sites, including Apple’s iTunes Store.
Some of BigPond’s MP3 offerings will come at an extra cost to consumers and only a small proportion of songs are available in the format.
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Original story by Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson