Apple iTunes rival Audio Lunchbox has extended its library from 17,000 to 70,000 tracks since launching three months ago.
AudioLunchbox.com offers unrestricted independent music handpicked by staff. Files have no DRM (Digital Rights Management), so customers can download music and copy it to a hard drive, burn music to audio CD, MP3 CDs, and/or copy to portable players.
It is a cross-platform system supporting PCs, Macs and Linux interfaces. Supported software includes WMP, Real Player, Winamp and iTunes, and the MP3s play in most portable music devices including the iPod.
AudioLunchbox claims its audio formats (192kbps VBR MP3 and Ogg Vorbis Q6), surpass rival formats AAC and WMA.
Visitors to the site can download cover art, lyrics, bios and liner notes, when available.
Prices are comparable to Apple's iTunes – a single is 99 cents and a full-length album $9.99.