OXFAM ENTER DOWNLOAD MARKET

Some proceeds from the website will go to charity...

OXFAM are to launch their own download service to raise funds for charity.

Later this week (May 26) their website www.bignoisemusic.com will go live, with organisers saying that 10 pence from each song will go towards their efforts to fight povery.

Downloads will be priced between 75-99 pence per track, and will be available across Europe.

Charity spokesperson Adrian Lovett said: “Music lovers get great tracks and artists see their music helping some of the poorest people in the world through real cash support.”

It’s expected that the site will launch with a library of 300,00 songs, and exclusive tracks will be made available from supporters of Oxfam, such as Coldplay.

The announcement comes as the launches of legal download services in the UK are gathering pace.

Last week Napster launched in the UK promising a 500,000 track catalogue, to be increased to 700,000 in 30 days.

Extra features on Napster include access to browse other user’s catalogues and then purchase tracks, ten advert free radio stations and an online magazine called ‘Fuzz’.

Single tracks are available for 99p, with albums starting at £9.95.

Napster president Brad Duea said: “The UK will quickly discover why PC Magazine calls Napster 2.0 ‘the best online music service’. UK music fans can now download Napster 2.0 and enjoy the most exciting, comprehensive and immersive music experience available.”

Napster UK general manager Leanne Sharman added: “Napster is a fantastic brand to launch in the UK and by carefully tailoring the service to the local market we have an unparalleled proposition for UK music fans.”