Warp Records has merged its download service Bleep.com with its online store Warpmart. The move is part of a fifth anniversary re-launch for Bleep.com.
The new site now offers a handpicked selection of single track and album downloads from over 300 independent labels including Beggars, Domino and !K7 as well as CDs, vinyl, DVDs, merchandise, event tickets and books from the Warp stable.
It will be accessible in beta for the next few weeks at www.beta.bleep.com, alongside the regular www.bleep.com site, after which it will switch completely to the new format at Bleep.com.
Several new features have been added to the site, including a new music player that allows users to create their own playlists and has a recommendation tool which pinpoints new music making an impact on the site.
A monthly magazine feature will be added to Bleep.com, the first of which launches this week. “Best of Bleep” features artists such as Thom Yorke, industry execs, music journalists and tastemakers listing their top five releases for the site.
In 2004, London-based Bleep.com was one of the early adopters of DRM-free tracks. It claims to have sold over 1.8 million tracks in WAV, MP3 and FLAC formats to consumers around the world.