Microsoft has re-opened its MSN Music download store for U.K. users, although its streaming service has yet to be fully launched.

The service, currently in beta, has more than 1 million tracks in DRM-free format from all the majors, and offers preview and playlist functions. It will also be integrated with the MSN Music channel's editorial content.

Users can buy 10 credits with a credit card for £7.99 ($13.20). One credit buys one track and ten credits is equal to one album.

Free streaming is also part of the service, although it is currently limited to invite-only as part of a series of promotions on the MSN Web site. Reports in the summer suggested that streaming would be a key element of the new MSN digital music offering.

"The new MSN download service complements the news, video and pictures we offer in MSN Music - the second-largest music content site in the U.K.," said Peter Bale, executive producer, MSN U.K., in a statement. "Downloads are a hugely competitive area but we believe the deep integration of music into the Music news site is logical and a good addition."

MSN previously had a white label service from Nokia on its MSN Music download offering, but the service closed earlier in the year due to "business changes" according to a Microsoft statement.

The new MSN Music is built around the same Microsoft platform as the Zune player, although the statement added that "this should not be taken as an indication of any imminent Zune launch" in the U.K.

"The reopening provides us with a service that is complimentary to the MSN site and its content," said the statement. "Over the course of the beta period, we will take feedback and work with our customers to develop a service that is what they want and does the things they need it to do."