Beijing-based digital entertainment network services company Orca Digital launched on Wednesday (Feb. 15) what it claims to be mainland China's biggest legitimate digital music store. Orca Digital is

Beijing-based digital entertainment network services company Orca Digital launched on Wednesday (Feb. 15) what it claims to be mainland China's biggest legitimate digital music store. Orca Digital is owned by Chinese NBA basketball star Yao Ming.

The service at www.top100.cn boasts some 1 million tracks grouped into "top 100" categories based on musical genres, "themes," "moods" and other criteria.

The company says it has licensing agreements include EMI, Sony BMG and China Record Corp., among other labels.

International repertoire accounts for some 70% of the music available on the site, with Chinese music comprising the remainder.

Individual tracks sell for between $0.13-$0.37.

"We believe that within three years more than 100 million Internet users and 400 million mobile users can easily find and purchase the music they want from www.top100.cn, and hopefully (it) will be the best music brand in China," said Orca Digital CEO/co-chairman Gary Chen in a statement.

Chen adds that the service can "create value and will benefit music creators and artists, music labels, copyright owners and all Chinese music consumers."

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