Amazon Announces DRM Free Music Downloads

25 Sep

One of the main complaints of DRM is that it is actually aimed at the wrong people. Namely, those who legally purchase music and then are locked in to a particular platform/device. It’s been argued that if people could get DRM free music at a reasonable price, then ‘illegal’ downloads would be diminished. So let’s see! (disclaimer: I have been known *cough* to peruse a torrent or two) Amazon has launched the public beta of a new digital music portal, Amazon MP3. It will include two million songs from 180,000 artists and 20,000 labels, all DRM free. Amazon MP3 which will include EMI and Universal tracks (I smell Apples burning), will make songs (256kbps) for sale @ $.89 or $.99, and promises that the “top 100” tracks will be priced at the lower amount. Albums will range in cost from $5.99 to $9.99, with the best selling albums coming in at $8.99.

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