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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

S.F. Startup Offers All the Free Music You Can Download, Legally -- For Now (But Is It a Scam?)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:56 AM

What's the biggest missing feature from most online MP3 retailers? Duh -- the ability to get unlimited downloads for a flat fee. But Zaptunes, a new San Francisco-based startup, aims to fix that, with a new model based on a flat $25 per month fee for unlimited, DRM-free downloads of the more than eight million songs claimed to be in its library. It claims to be the first service of this kind. And even better: as of right now, you can sign up for a free Zaptunes trial and download all the MP3s you want, for free, for seven days. And yes, it's all legal. At least, that's what the company says.

Update, 11:44 a.m.: Is Zaptunes a total scam? One commenter (see below) claims it is. We agree that that the site is pretty ridiculous. Let us know what you think/know/discover in the comments.

Zaptunes claims to have partnerships with "most of the record companies," which allows it to sell songs from the new Arcade Fire album The Suburbs, as well as the entire Beatles catalog, legally. (The firm's website says it has "all the famous artists/tracks." Really? All of them?) 

Of course, this may not/probably won't last forever. Digital Music News reports that the EMI behemoth is "already drafting the legal paperwork against this shenanigan." But even if Zaptunes gets, um, zapped, we're too busy downloading free music right now to care.

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