Amazon.com announced today that it will launch a digital music store later this year offering millions of songs in a DRM-free MP3 format from more than 12,000 record labels (mostly indie). EMI Music’s digital catalog is the latest addition to the store. Every song and album in the Amazon.com digital music store will be available exclusively in the MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software. Amazon’s DRM-free MP3s will free customers to play their music on virtually any of their personal devices, including Zunes and iPods, and burn songs to CDs for personal use.
This is a big move for the consumer market. Amazon, which is the largest distributor of books, is trying to lead the way in sales of non DRM music. Will this force the big record labels to pay attention to this new market? What do you think?
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