Amazon Goes DRM-Free For Music Downloads

Internet retail giant today launched its "Amazon MP3" digital music download service. The 2 million songs available come without Digital Rights  Management restrictions, and will play on most any device  that can handle a sound file.

Most songs are priced from 89 cents to 99 cents, with more than 1 million of the 2 million songs priced at 89 cents. The top 100 best-selling songs are 89 cents, unless marked otherwise. Most albums are priced from $5.99 to $9.99. The top 100 best-selling albums are $8.99 or less, unless marked otherwise.

Every song on Amazon MP3 is encoded at 256 kilobits per second, which gives customers high audio quality at a manageable file size.

Buying and downloading MP3s from Amazon MP3 is easy. Customers can purchase downloads using Amazon 1-Click shopping, and with the Amazon MP3 Downloader, seamlessly add their MP3s to their iTunes or Windows Media Player libraries.

EMI and Universal Music Group are two heay hitters among the 20,000 labels that are participating. DRM-free will make this a winner. Hmm. The downloaded songs play on iPods and iPhones... Just sayin'