Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Amazon Now Hawks MP3s, Targeting iPod Crowd

Amazon Now Hawks MP3s, Targeting iPod Crowd: "Amazon Now Hawks MP3s, Targeting iPod Crowd By Nicholas Carlson There's a new way to fill up your iPod -- but the latest music store to open on the Web isn't from Apple. It's from Amazon.

Open to public beta today, the online retailer's new Amazon MP3 music store features what the company characteristically calls 'Earth's biggest selection' -- over 2 million songs from more than 180,000 artists, represented by over 20,000 major and independent labels.

Making good on plans announced in May, every song and album on Amazon MP3 is available exclusively in the MP3 format and lacks digital rights management protections (DRM), a company spokesman told InternetNews.com.

The absence of DRM means each song will be playable on any hardware device, from Microsoft Zunes to Apple iPhones, as well as through any music management application. Each song is encoded at 256kb per second and most will cost between 89 cents to 99 cents, Amazon said.

Typically, the top 100 best-selling songs will sell for 89 cents each, and mostly albums will go for between $5.99 to $9.99, with the top 100 best-selling albums marked at $8.99 or less."
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