May 18, 2007
| by Arlen Schweiger
Fresh on the heels of Apple’s announcement that its iTunes store would carry DRM (digital rights management)-free downloads with record label EMI Music, online retailer Amazon has announced that it will offer songs from more than 12,000 record labels in DRM-free MP3 format.
EMI, whose song catalog will be offered on iTunes at twice the bitrate (256 kpbs as opposed to iTunes’ standard 128) at 30 cents more than the usual 99 cents per song, has also struck a deal with Amazon.
The MP3 format will enable Amazon downloads to be played on essentially any device, including an iPod and other portable digital player rivals. Amazon did not announce any launch date or pricing details of the service.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.