Downloading for Virgins and Punks

I haven’t talked much about what’s happening in the wild and wooly world of legal downloads lately but there are two services that recently caught my eye.
The first is Download Punk, a download service specifically targeted to serving the punk and indie community. Boasting over 30,000 songs from 120 different labels, Download Punk appears to be quite user friendly with a variety of price points and compatibility with both MP3 and WMA, a smart move in my books.
At the other end of the spectrum is the new Virgin Digital service, currently only available in the United States. I have always been a huge admirer of Richard Branson and the guy definitely has the chutzpa to take on Apple and Microsoft. With over 1,000,000 tracks available in both subscription and paid download formats plus all kinds of cool user interface goodies with their free software, Virgin Digital could make quite the impression in the coming months. The only part that I don’t like is that it only supports the WMA format so Mac and Linux users are out in the cold. Aside from that the service looks like a winner.