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Amazon Plans DRM-Free Digital Music Store

According to the Wall Street Journal, the store will have "millions of songs" from "more than 12,000 record labels" including EMI, the label that will be releasing DRM-Free tracks via iTunes some time this month. However, unlike the iTunes store, Amazon tracks will be available in MP3 instead of Apple's AAC.

No word on a launch date. All we know is that the Amazon Music Store will be available "some time later this year."

This will be a BIG story on this week's episode of On Digital Media.

WSJ story here. (Is it just me, or is that a terrible illustration of Jeff Bezos? Subscription Required.)

[tags]DRM, Amazon, Amazon Music Store, iTunes, Apple, EMI, Music, Downloads, Digital Media, Record Labels, FairPlay, iPod, MP3, AAC[/tags]

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I would be curious if they will offer them in 256 kbps. DRM is the first obstacle, substandard sound quality is the next.

I will definitely be checking out this store

May 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Haslam

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