Bleep.com

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Bleep Limited
Bleep.com logo.jpg
Opened January 14, 2004; 13 years ago (2004-01-14)
Pricing model fixed
Format MP3, FLAC, WAV
Restrictions None
Preview full tracks, pause every 30 seconds
Protocol HTTP
Availability U.K., U.S., Europe
Website www.bleep.com

Bleep Limited is a British online music store focusing on the independent music sector. It was created by Warp Records and launched in January 2004. Bleep offers single track or whole album DRM-free mp3 and WAV downloads alongside vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and other merchandise initially from Warp's catalogue.

Since its launch, the range of music offered by Bleep has grown and now provides music from independent labels, including Rough Trade, Domino, 4AD, One Little Indian, XL Recordings, Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Hyperdub, Planet Mu, Big Dada, and Tempa. In addition, a large catalogue of rare titles has been acquired from many small labels from all over the world.

Overview[edit]

A screenshot of Bleep at the time of its launch in January 2004

Bleep was launched initially on 14 January 2004 as a download store for releases on Warp Records. The website quickly expanded its catalogue to include releases on other labels, gaining enough popularity to receive nomination for a Webby Award in the music category on 7 May 2004 alongside iTunes, Beatport, Live365 and musicplasma. In 2006, Bleep passed the million downloads threshold and in October of that year won the UK Digital Music Award for "Best Music Store".[citation needed]

Bleep provides music as 320kbit/s MP3s, FLACs, and WAVs, all of which are DRM-free.[1]

In November 2008, Bleep merged with Warpmart,[2] which had been Warp's store for physical releases. This has resulted in Bleep being not only a download store, but a full mail order retail service.

Entire tracks and albums can be previewed prior to purchase.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Bleep. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Jen (23 January 2009). "Bleep.com Merges With Warpmart". Billboard. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 

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