Amazon announces long-rumored DRM-free music store

Previously rumoured to launch this month, Amazon has now officially announced its DRM-free music store to debut "later this year". The Amazon music store, which does not appear to have a name yet, will offer "millions" of songs from over 12,000 record labels. However, aside from EMI, the other three major labels won't be launching DRM-free tracks with Amazon just yet. EMI, the first label to offer DRM-free tracks, already said it would not limit its new approach to iTunes and hence plans to offer its catalog to Amazon. "Our MP3-only strategy means all the music that customers buy on Amazon is always DRM-free and plays on any device. We're excited to have EMI joining us in this effort and look forward to offering our customers MP3s from amazing artists like Coldplay, Norah Jones and Joss Stone," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

News source: Ars Technica

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About time somebody has the sense to do this, it's better for everyone, more
acceptable to people so more people will buy, so better for labels too, and
I just don't think a lot of people would pirate enough to matter given the chance,
people's, even amongst friends, taste differ too much for them to want someone
else's library. I know I wouldn't want anybody elses library, personally.
And people who p2p pirate are obvioosly going to p2p pirate anyways, so they shouldn't matter, no?