Michael Robertson, the CEO of Linspire and previously founder and CEO of Mp3.com, is returning to his roots. The entrepreneur is planning to launch an online music store that charges $ 0.88 per song, writes Cnet. iTunes charges $0.99 per song.
Unlike the iTunes music store, Robertson will offer his music in the unprotected mp3-format. Robertson claims he will be offering several hundred songs at the time of the launch next week.
He also says he wants to ink deals with major record companies. That may be a hard to sell deal, given the lack of digital rights management of his service.
Robertson has however pulled this off before with mp3.com, which offered music mainly from artists that didn't have a contract with a record label. The company was sued by record labels and was ultimately sold to Universal for 200 million dollars.
Robertson used some of those funds to launch his Linspire business. The company develops a Linux distribution aimed at the average consumer.
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