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Musicslu

An online music marketplace that allows fans to purchase DRM-free music that they can share for free with their friends.

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freemusic.cz

Free Music site from the Czech Republic. Concert listings and more.

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Naxos

A variety of contemporary and classical audio books, without DRM and in the MP3 format.

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Creative Commons

CreativeCommons provides a great alternative to DRM'd music. Also, it's a great resource for learning more about music licensing. They regularly publish interviews with everyone from DJ Spooky, to Ottmar Leibert, to John Buckman, CEO of Magnatune.com.

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Nettwerk Records

Nettwerk, the influential Canadian record label home to such pop giants as Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies and Dido, offers individual tracks and albums absolutely DRM-free. It's a great way to purchase directly from great artists who believe that DRM is bad for business and bad for fans.

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Zunior.com

Zunior, "the little digital music store" offers full album downloads of a number of indie and alt-country darlings, including Neko Case and The Be Good Tanyas. Zunior takes a strong stand against DRM, believing that you should be able to play your music wherever you want. All songs available in DRM-free MP3 or CD-quality FLAC formats. Miss your album art? Album packages include PDF files of artwork and liner notes, so you go home happy. And at $8.88 per album, Zunior blows iTunes Music Store out of the water.

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Bleep.com

Bleep.com is the highly successful online music store for UK darling Warp Records. If you're looking for electronic, dance and hip hop without all the DRM strings attached, visit bleep.com. Participating record labels include underground hip hop legends like Ninja Tune and Stones Throw records. All songs available as MP3s.

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eMusic.com

eMusic.com is the 2nd most popular online music store (just behind iTunes) and the most popular DRM-free store, with all tracks available in MP3 format. That means you never have to worry about whether tracks downloaded from eMusic will play on your iPod, your Rio, or your Zen music player. They're guaranteed to play on any music player you own. With over 1,000,000 songs from over 3,800 record labels, and no DRM... eMusic looks pretty nice.

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Magnatune

Magnatune founder and CEO John Buckman likes to say that his company provides "Internet music without the guilt," according to a recent interview at Creative Commons. We'd like to say, "Thank you, John," for selling music without the locks imposed by DRM.

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