Amazon Launches DRM-free ITMS competitor

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 | 09:48 AM

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Amazon.com just announced they will be full fledged, DRM-free competitor with Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Amazon.com today announced it will launch a digital music store later this year offering millions of songs in the DRM-free MP3 format from more than 12,000 record labels. EMI Music's digital catalog is the latest addition to the store. Every song and album in the Amazon.com digital music store will be available exclusively in the MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software. Amazon's DRM-free MP3s will free customers to play their music on virtually any of their personal devices -- including PCs, Macs(TM), iPods, Zunes, Zens -- and to burn songs to CDs for personal use.

I am sure we will hear more about this later . . .

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Amazon.com to Launch DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store
Songs and Albums from EMI Music and More Than 12,000 Other Labels
BUSINESS WIRE, May 16, 2007 09:00 AM
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i continue to be a stick in the mud on this issue. while i understand why this has happened and why it's important to comment on it, in my mind removing the restrictions on these digital files is not a silver bullet for consumers or content producers (in my opinion).

why do labels put out so much garbage? how can consumer sentiment be turned around? why do some kids/young people think that music is and should be completely free? are reviews bought and placed as defacto advertisements? these to me are difficult but more relevant questions. at least daimler saw it made a mistake and undid it at a painful price -- we're not seeing that in the music biz. we see a small adjustment and a hope it turns into an avalanche of cash.

Posted by: Steven | May 16, 2007 11:00:29 AM

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