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A new front is opening in the paid music download war just in time for the holidays: Beggars Group, Warner Music, The Orchard (NSDQ: ORCD),…

A new front is opening in the paid music download war just in time for the holidays: Beggars Group, Warner Music, The Orchard (NSDQ: ORCD), EMI and music download site Datz.com are launching Datz Music Lounge, an all-you-can-eat download service costing £99.99 for 12 months. The 2.5 million MP3 tracks, including oldies as well as new releases, come DRM-free and can be kept after the 12-month contract is up. Michael Richardson, MD of Datz, called it was

  1. Getting there, but surely the future of recorded music consumption is about access and not ownership.

    I don't want to 'own' music. I want 'access' to the music I want, when I want, where I want and I want to discover new music and musicians like that.

    When the technology catches up with our aspirations no one will ever need to 'own' a CD or digital file and we can kiss goodbye to the DRM issues.

    Mark Walmsley
    mark@escapecommittee.com

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