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It’s official … Amazon has put together enough pieces to announce plans to launch a digital music store later this year. In its release th…

It’s official … Amazon has put together enough pieces to announce plans to launch a digital music store later this year. In its release this morning, the company says it will offer “millions of songs in the DRM-free MP3 format from more than 12,000 labels”. The first major label on board: EMI, which will offer its entire digital catalog — the higher-quality, DRM-free, premium versions — via Amazon. It didn’t provide any pricing details, or any plans, whether subscription or downloads.

Apple has a similar deal with EMI, where it will sell the MP3 tracks later this month for $1.29 each — that’s 30 cents more than usual.

DJN: Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research, said Amazon’s push could, ironically, yield more sales of Apple’s iPods. “It might help Apple because they are selling unprotected music, which is something Steve Jobs (Apple’s CEO) has been pushing for,” said Wu, noting Amazon sells many iPods on its site and that its service will give consumers more music choice.

  1. Interesting. For what it's worth, I think the EMI iTunes non-DRM tracks will be sold as AAC, not MP3.

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  2. I've commented elsewhere, but here it goes again…

    This play will be valuable if they move to syndication of links. Let people place the links to purchase anywhere and everywhere they want. The portal days are over.

    It will be interesting to see how the utilize the buzz builders like nonstopriot.com and hypem.com to connect to bloggers and drive sales.

    Music fans look to bloggers for listening recommendations so wouldn't they also look to them for a purchase recommendation?

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  3. I think that the issue of DRM-free music is a red herring. Are people using P2P because the music is DRM-free? No, they are using P2P because the music is just free. People want free music much more than they want DRM-free music. Record companies should offer free, ad-supported music to combat piracy. For more on this subject Check out the Ad-Supported Music Central blog: http://ad-supported-music.blogspot.com/

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