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Amazon MP3 Store

At this point, the number 1 online music store is iTunes. It looks like Amazon has started to try and take a byte (get it, instead of bite, (mega)byte… I’m such a tech geek, sigh) out of Apple‘s market share. The way they are trying it though, is by offering not only drm free mp3 music, but they are offering it for less money. On iTunes, all individual songs are $0.99, but if you want to get them drm free (when available), they are $1.29, no questions asked, while with the Amazon mp3 store, most songs are $0.89, while others are $0.99 and for those prices, ALL are drm free! Not to mention that most albums cost anywhere from $7.99 – $12+ in iTunes, while in Amazon’s new store, these albums range from $4 and up. There even some albums that are anywhere from $1-4 cheaper when purchased through Amazon’s mp3 store (after looking at albums from AC/DC, Nirvana and Pink Floyd).

This is an important step because the idea of having cheaper music, people can use on any music device is the first step toward people being willing to pay for downloadable music in larger numbers.

Thanks to Engadget for the initial post about this.



October 14, 2007 8:01 pm - Posted by | music, software, technology

1 Comment »

  1. Finally, some real competition to iTunes! Unfortunately, if you live outside of the US, you can’t use AmazonMP3. If you are one of those unlucky people, there is a site that searches several non-DRM music stores at once: http://www.songboxx.com. You’ll certainly find a store that will work for you.

    Comment by SongBoxx | October 22, 2007 11:12 am

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