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New Online Music Service Introduced: Mindawn

A new online music service was recently introduced and it certainly stands out from the crowd in a number of ways. Called Mindawn, it differs from the better known iTunes and Napster in significant ways. First off it will be available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers, a key differentiator when services like Napster are Windows only and iTunes is not compatible with Linux. Second, music downloaded from Mindawn is not encumbered by digital rights management (DRM) so that users of the service can see fit to do what they want with the music they buy (for personal use only of course). Third, the music is available in both the open source Ogg Vorbis and FLAC formats which by most accounts are superior to the much more popular MP3 format.
In addition, Mindawn offers indie musicians an interesting alternative as they can sign up to sell their music through Mindawn at an attractive royalty rate. On top of that there is no approval required to join the service so all the musician has to do is rip their music and upload it to Mindawn and they can be selling their music in no time.
Is the world ready for another digital music service? Well that’s a tough question to answer but certainly for those of us who are fans of inide bands and record labels, Mindawn offers us something that is not readily available elsewhere. Looks interesting.