Print 14 comment(s) - last by diablofish.. on Jan 29 at 2:19 PM announced it will take its DRM-free music downloading service international sometime this year announced today its plans to take its DRM-free MP3 digital music store international in 2008.  Amazon MP3 offers DRM-free digital music that can be played on any music device such as PC, Microsoft’s Zune, or Apple’s iPod, according to a press release.  The online bazaar currently has agreements with over 33,000 independent music labels as well as the big four.

"We have received thousands of e-mails from Amazon customers around the world asking us when we will make Amazon MP3 available outside of the U.S,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Digital Music at Amazon. com.  ”We are excited to tell those customers today that Amazon MP3 is going international this year."

Amazon hosts up to 3.3 million songs from over 270,000 artists, exclusively in MP3 format.  Each MP3 is encoded at 256 kbps and can be played with most software along with hardware.  Most MP3’s hosted by the site are priced from 89 cents to 99 cents, with full albums priced from $5.99 to $9.99.

With the international rollout of its DRM-free music download service, the company hopes to become the top seller of digital music over other services such as Apple’s iTunes music store.  With the initial launching of its service in late September of last year, Amazon MP3 has grown into a powerhouse, offering cheaper downloads. The company also hosts a wider selection of DRM-free digital music than any of its top competitors.

Yahoo plans to open a similar service to rival that of Amazon’s.  It faces the challenges of building agreements with major labels as well finding measures to separate itself from competitors. has not yet announced the timeline for the rollout of its international websites.

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RE: Amazon vs. ITunes
By mindless1 on 1/28/2008 7:35:06 PM , Rating: 2
IMO, it's pretty much inevitable that Amazon overtakes iTunes unless Apple backs down and offers same thing, same or lower price. On the other hand Amazon's website has become quite a mess over the years, they need some serious streamlining. I really don't want to see randomly chosen album covers taking up 20% of the screen nor 1/4th of the page devoted to trying to sell me another paring knife similar to the one I bought two months ago!

RE: Amazon vs. ITunes
By xsilver on 1/28/2008 8:20:55 PM , Rating: 2
i think there is an underestimation of the amount of iPlebs that exist.
most mums/dads just buy an ipod for the kids.
kids install itunes in order to load their cd collection.
new music is bought via CC or prepaid cards.
hard to break that simple chain.

Amazon is trying to appeal to the more savvy users who really know what their doing and are looking for something specific.

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