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Amazon.com announced its much awaited DRM free music service today – starting with who else, but EMI Music’s catalog. They have other labels signed up as well, though the three other major labels are still sitting on the fence. Amazon and Apple are the two big […]

Amazon.com announced its much awaited DRM free music service today – starting with who else, but EMI Music’s catalog. They have other labels signed up as well, though the three other major labels are still sitting on the fence. Amazon and Apple are the two big companies pushing DRM (unprotected if you may) music downloads.

Amazon’s move is being viewed as a direct challenge Apple and its iTunes domination. (Not for the first time though, with little success in the past.) That is a good thing – especially so if Amazon continues with its discounting strategy and offers music for everyday low prices – in order to get market share.

  1. I’m thinking about getting the 2nd gen Zune so probably Microsoft actually… but if I had to choose between apple and amazon i think I’d go with Amazon because I’ve had good experiences with them and I have had horrible experiences with iTunes (trying get some music on my mom’s iPod).

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  2. Unless there is some big disparity in pricing or quality, I’ll stick with the iTunes ecosystem, it’s been hassle free so far and the iTunes music store has more than just music so I can manage it all from there.

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  3. Amazon should have struck a deal with Apple. It’s unlikely that Amazon will make a dent here. It is far overestiamting the appeal of DRM-free.

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  4. Dude, iTunes. Not because of any innate liking of apple, but because the whole thing is seamless with iTunes store.

    How are you gonna do this with Amazon store? I come home and dock my iPod, and undock in the morning as I’m running out. Podcasts, new eposides of whatever and any music i’ve downloaded at night is sitting and ready for me at work.

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  5. mog will be integrating in “buy track at amazon” as soon as it’s available.

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  6. LoganTurbo.264 Wednesday, May 16, 2007

    I’ll gladly buy from both of them and from anyone else who sells the songs I want in a DRM free format. That’s the whole reason for the removal of the DRM in the first place.

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  7. I’m done with Apple and their backup and limited play music models……I’ll head to Amazon now, unless Apple makes my itunes library DRM free

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  8. I still buy the CD then rip it myself, from Amazon, of course.

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  9. I think come summer EMI tracks will be available as MP3s pretty much everywhere – Amazon and Apple just get to announce it first. And we’ll see lots of innovation. Think podcast subscriptions, store widgets, social networks …

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  10. I will certainly be going with Amazon, especially if they are going to providing MP3 format. The problem with itunes is that I’m stuck with one format and limited music players on my PC.

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