by Mike Masnick
Tue, Apr 1st 2008 12:48pm
While the press is reporting that TDC, Denmark's largest ISP, is now offering free music downloads at no additional charge, the fine print leaves much to be desired. It turned out (not surprisingly) that these "free downloads" are DRM-infested and will stop working if you leave TDC. That would suggest that they can't be transferred to certain devices (such as iPods) and users will have no ability to promote songs by sharing them with friends. Also, there's a rather limited song selection. While three of the major labels have signed up, there are only one million songs -- or less than 17% of the songs found on iTunes. It makes for a nice headline, but it's difficult to see this getting very far.
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