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Universal and Virgin Offering Unlimited DRM-Free MP3s For Flat Monthly Rate

British cable operator Virgin Media is set to offer up an unlimited music download subscription program with Universal that would give you access to DRM-free MP3s as long as you pay a set monthly fee.

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The service is set to cost £10-15, or about $16-$25, per month, and it would allow users to either stream or download as many tracks and albums from Universal's catalog as they want.

It's a great first step, but not one I would sign on for just yet. While a flat rate for unlimited MP3 downloads is amazing, having it only work for one label's catalog limits the value, even if it is a gigantic label such as Universal. If I'm gonna pay $20 a month, I want that to cover everything, not just some songs.

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If you were looking for the catch, it's this: Virgin has agreed to be really strict about searching for piracy and cutting off the service of offenders.

It's a great precedent, however. If other labels jumped on board and the selection was more all-encompassing I can't imagine many people would be able to say no to legit all-you-can-eat music for a reasonable monthly fee. And if that existed, the excuses for piracy would be harder to justify. [Reuters]

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I'm glad to see someone trying this. I hope it comes to the USA with more labels on board and the same realistic price point. I would be glad to pay a flat fee to download unlimited DRM music. Sounds like a winner to me.