DRM-Free Download Site AnywhereCD DOASep 24th, 2007 | By James Lewin | Category: Digital Music
It looks like selling DRM-free MP3s on the cheap isn’t enough to get people interested in new digital music services. AnywhereCD, the digital music download site headed by MP3.com’s Michael Robertson, is shutting down:
According to an email from Robertson, the firm is officially shutting down in a few days, when the firm’s contract to sell both CD and digital versions of Warner’s music tracks expires. AnywhereCD allowed people to buy both CDs and DRM-free, MP3 versions of the same album through an online store. The idea was to provide both an MP3 and a physical CD for one price, however Robertson was only able to launch with Warner Music, and other labels had not signed on to try the idea. AnywhereCD’s deal with Warner music to sell both MP3 and physical CDs was a result of a settlement of legal settlement in June; at that time, the firms agreed to terminate their contract as of September 30th.
The site currently has a small selection of CD + MP3s going for about $7.00.