Independent New York retailer Other Music has today launched its digital download store. The site, which the retailer says is in an email is a "work in progress," is offering DRM-free MP3 sales from what it says are "hundreds of labels and thousands of artists." Among the indie labels featured on the site on launch day are Beggars Banquet, Domino, Mush Records, Paw Tracks and Thrill Jockey Records, among many others.

Thus far, the Other Music site is only enabled for North American sales, but the retailer states in an email blast to customers that it soon hopes to sell its downloads internationally. Pricing is variable, with most albums appearing to sell in the $8.99 to $14.99 range. Single songs are also available at variable rates. Selections, for instance, from punky rockers Times New Vikings' $8.99 title "The Paisley Reich" are retailing for $1.11, whereas individual tracks from The Field's $12.99 electro pop effort "From Here We Go Sublime" are selling for $1.29.

"Times are changing in the record business, and Other Music is not afraid of the change," reads an announcement from the store. "It is very important to us that in this new era, real record stores run by real music fans can still survive and thrive. We are a real record store going digital and we are open for business."