The future of the digital music distribution industry will be genre and community based – at least so new UK music service Trackitdown.net hopes.
The service launches in June 2004. Users will be able to download the sleeve notes and artwork for their purchases in MP3 format. Tracks will cost £1.50.
The service offers music from Fat Boy Slim's Southern Fried label and a variety of other leading dance music labels – in excess of fifty labels with more joining up daily.
Arguing that "piracy is here to stay:, the service's marketing department says: "The digital era is upon us, with products such as the Apple iPod and more DJ's using CD and MP3 players in their sets."
The team behind the project includes: DJ and producer Ed Real; Riot! promoter Nolan Shadbolt; DJ and producer BK and techno legend Chris Finke.