In the US, mega-computer-manufacturer Dell has done a deal with record label Universal to offer MP3s on its new computers. For the paltry sum of US$25, about £15, you can get 50 MP3s from Universal pre-loaded onto your computer when you buy it. Other download platforms in the US would charge you about twice as much cash for the same quantity of songs.
The problem? You don’t get to pick the songs yourself. You just choose a ‘theme’, like #1 songs, Rock Titans, Blues Masters, etc. Universal say they’ll update the selections over time, but the odds of you finding more than ten songs you like in the selection is probably minimal. Spend the cash on eMusic or 7Digital instead.