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Submission + - EMI, McCartney ink with 7digital, for MP3s (

johnsson_tate writes: 7digital has become the world's first online music store to offer EMI's catalogue as DRM-free MP3s — instead of iPod-ready AAC files — and has inked an exclusive partnership with to utilize the music-suggestion service as a sales portal. Their new site offers 320kbps MP3 files from the likes of Paul McCartney and Iron Maiden, along with every other release from EMI, with albums for just £5 (about $9).

The partnership means widgets embedded on sites like Facebook and MySpace, will act as "micro portals" for people to buy music from the new site. It's claimed the new 7digital service is blending iTunes, iTunes Plus and eMusic, all with unprotected MP3's that work on any player and that don't contain any personal identification information.

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