Universal Music, the world’s largest record label, willÂ soon offer free music downloads through SpiralFrogÂ in exchange for watching advertising.Â The service will be available later this year.
The downloads, which used to cost $0.79, willÂ soon be free while you watch 90 seconds worth of advertisements as the music downloads.Â This new offer will give fans access to Universal’s entire back catalog.
However, the “free” music comes with a price, although not monetarily.Â Users who watch 90 seconds of advertising may download a song, and if you watch 2 minutes of advertising you can download a video.Â But if you want to keep the song or video you’ll have to return to the site and watch more ads.Â
The music files are alsoÂ in Microsoft’s .wma format, and won’t play on a large majority of music players out there, meaning Apple iPods.
I’ll pass on this one.Â It sounds like a hassle and a waste of time.Â I’d rather buy it than watch that many ads.