U.K. retailer Tesco takes on iTunes

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Giant U.K. retailer Tesco has plans to take on iTunes with its own DRM-free music download service.

Scheduled to launch in May, Tesco Digital will offer a catalogue of 3.3 million songs, with film, TV show and game downloads also expected to be made available.

Graham Harris, Tesco’s commercial director said: “We’re starting out with a comprehensive music offering, but customers can expect downloadable TV and films as well as games to buy very soon.”

The company is retiring its existing Windows Media-based music download service in order to make its wares available DRM-free, playable on any computer or device.

A Tesco spokesman said that downloads would be “competitively priced.” 1.6 million of its 3.3 million tracks will be made available in MP3 format initially.

Harris observes: “Our music offering is just the start of an exciting journey for our customers-it really is a case of watch this space.”

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