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Amazon launches sale of DRM-free MP3s

Daring Fireball: The Amazon MP3 Store and Amazon MP3 Downloader

Given the Amazon MP3 Store’s audio quality, prices, and user experience, I can’t see why anyone would buy DRM-restricted music from iTunes that’s available from Amazon. And given that Amazon is quite a bit cheaper than iTunes Plus, you might as well check Amazon first. I plan to.

I'm with Gruber -- this is a welcome and fan-friendly addition to the marketplace. And, frankly, I'm glad there's finally somebody out there who can really give Apple some competition in this area.

One thing: I'm surprised that MP3 sales links aren't yet mixed into regular CD sales pages. That must certainly be high on their TODO list. Because Amazon's Google juice is strong as hell, and on the day they put "Buy This Track Now" onto a few dozen thousand PR5+ music pages? Well. That may be the day Apple gets to really see what competition in this space looks like.

lrademac07's picture

amazon drm free mp3's

I'll probably explore buying some of these from amazon.

I buy most of my cd's from them already as lately I can't seem to get my itunes account to work for anything I try to buy for last two weeks.

its bothersome that many of the songs I bought from itunes store i paid 99¢ for in the past now cost $1.29 each for the non-DRM versions.

normally I'd say its a sign of the times, inflation... but what's the difference?

several years ago... mp3 from itunes, 99¢ (before drm)

now... drm free mp3 from itunes, $1.29.

i just don't get the cost increase at all. are these songs better? now more enhanced with vitamins? new drm free songs come with free emoticons? c'mon apple tell me what I get for an extra 30¢?




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