A legal platform for downloading music over the internet was launched yesterday to compete with several other legitimate websites that have ventured into the potentially profitable market. The new website - imusic, hosted by i-Cable at imusic.i-cable.com - offers more than 100,000 songs managed by Universal Music, with a downloading charge of between $6 and $8 per track. Songs are available in Microsoft's WMA format with digital rights software to protect them from being transferred to another computer. Benjamin Tong Wai-sun, i-Cable executive director of multimedia services, said he was not worried about competition from other online music retailers, such as eolasia.com, nwtmusic.com, and Singapore's Soundbuzz, expected to be unveiled in Hong Kong soon. 'It's not yet too competitive, but [the industry's success] will depend on the government's control over piracy. Operators of online music stores in developed countries have proved to be profitable,' he said. 'Whether we can make a profit depends on our song collection. We are still working on our library and once we have collected more than 500,000, we will have a lot more customers. People like looking for old songs.' Mr Tong said golden oldies by veteran singer Paula Tsui Siu-fung, who is staging her comeback concert at the Coliseum, were currently the most popular downloads. Due to copyright restrictions, the website serves only customers who browse the internet with a local protocol address.