Limewire has just launched its download store with a catalog of 500.000 DRM-free MP3s encoded at 256 kbps. Individual tracks are priced at 99 Cent per track. The store also offers a subscription model that somewhat resembles that of Emusic, with plans starting at 9.99 per month for 25 downloads. The "platinum" plan offers 75 downloads for 19.99, which brings the price of each track down to 27 cent.

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Limewire's store offers the usual Web 2.0 bells and whistles, but it's not yet integrated with the Limwire client. The site states:

"In the future, LimeWire will be releasing a version of our file-sharing software optimized for integration with the Music Store. Stay tuned!"

The store is also limited to US-based music fans, with a international version promised for later times.

Limewire's entrance into the digital music business doesn't look all that different from offerings like the Amazon MP3 store or Emusic, but the company has plans to integrate context-based links into the client itself so that people who are searching for a certain song will have the option to buy it legally. We'll have to wait and see how big the impact of that is going to be.

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