Amazon To Compete With iTunes

Amazon To Compete With iTunes
Apple won’t be the only major player in the international digital music sales arena for much longer. Amazon.com announced on Sunday that it would begin selling DRM-free MP3 music files via its international websites later this year. Launched in September 2007 in the U.S., Amazon’s MP3 service is the only digital music catalogue to offer downloads from all four major labels without digital rights management (DRM). Competitively priced at $0.89 to $0.99 U.S. per song and $5.99 to $9.99 per album, the pressure will be on iTunes to keep frugal downloaders from jumping over to Amazon’s catalog of 3.3 million songs from over 270,000 artists.

There is no firm word yet on when Amazon’s expansion plans will come to fruition or whether all the countries where Amazon has online stores - the UK, Canada, Germany, Japan, France and China - will be included in the arrangement.