Amazon has just jumped out of the gate leaving DRM behind. Later this year, we can expect an Amazon music store stocked with millions of songs from 12,000 record labels, all DRM-free!
DRM-free music has been peeking around corner for a few months now. Amazon has most likely partnered with EMI, an independent music company in London who announced in early April their plans to sell DRM free songs to iTunes customers starting in May. At the time, EMI said that iTunes was given the first opportunity, but it wasn’t an exclusive deal with Apple alone.
Amazon will be the first to offer an entire library of DRM-free songs in MP3 format. I’m eager to find out what their pricing will be. iTunes has set their price at $1.29 per song, and it would be awesome if Amazon could come up with something better like $.99 per song. People love the idea of DRM-free songs, but so far I haven’t seen many too thrilled that they have to pay more for that privilege.
This is definitely another step in the right direction towards giving the consumer freedom with what they purchase. People can purchase the song and use it however they’d like for their own use on multiple devices, which is a good feeling. Hopefully other major labels will join in, and the selection of DRM-free music will continue to grow.
Source: Ars Technica