HMV and Topman to offer free music

It seems free music is becoming the norm as Sony announces it's to climb into bed with HMV in the UK giving Walkman music player owners access to free

It seems free music is becoming the norm as Sony announces it's to climb into bed with HMV in the UK giving Walkman music player owners access to free music on the HMV download website.

The music store with the gramophone peering dog will give owners of Sony’s NWZ-A810, NWZ-S610 and NWZ-S510 series of Walkmans (not Walkman phones, sorry) special shiny deals just for them.  

Specific details are sketchy right now, but it could include three months' free subscription to unlimited downloads or weekly free tracks, depending on which country you’re in.

If that tickles your pickle, how about a spot of Rumble Strips with your snake hip jeans? Topman has announced that if you spend £60 on its online store, it'll throw in one album or ten individual tracks free from online music store 7digital.

Tracks offered will be available in the WMA DRM format only, although the site assures us ‘iTunes can easily convert them’. The catalogue is limited to 47 artists including Klaxons, Queens of the Stone Age and Patrick Wolf.

In a blatant bit of inequality, girls who shop at Topshop don’t get the same offer. Although the true gentlemen will, of course, burn a CD of his freebie tracks for his girlfriend/sister/Aunt Jean.  

The offer runs until the end of January 2008, so that’s plenty of time to find the perfect pair of Cuban heels.

Essentials

HMV download, Topman download

Price: £free

On sale: Now

Contact: HMV, Topman, Sony