Music rightsholders have been shaking their fists at Russian social network vKontakte for some time now over the widespread availability of copyrighted tracks through its site. Now there’s some potentially-good news for the Russian digital music market: a new licensed service from browser company Opera called Unlimited Music. It’ll cost the equivalent of around $5 a month, with a catalogue of more than 2m tracks. TheNextWeb reports that Opera has partnered with Russian Rights Communications for licensing and technical support, with hopes that it can attract more than 1.5m subscribers by the end of 2013. Meanwhile, Opera is also reportedly negotiating with Russian mobile operators to bundle Unlimited Music in with their tariffs. With this, Apple’s rumoured iTunes launch and innovative existing services like Zvooq, it shows there are bright spots in Russia alongside the piracy battles.

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