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Amazon MP3

I’m not sure if I’ve ever posted to the effect, but I was turned off to the iTunes music store as soon as they upgraded their DRM, breaking the tool I was using that allowed me to continue using my music player of preference, foobar2000.

In conversations since then, I have always maintained that I would become a music consumer once again as soon as I found a store that would sell me the music I wanted without the stupid (breakable) strings attached that came with other services. For example, it would have been easy enough to burn my iTunes music to a CD, and then rip it using EAC and encode it with LAME, but that required work that I didn’t have to do if I just typed a name into eMule and downloaded the song in a few minutes.

I am happy to announce that I have recently discovered the store that I was looking for, and to find it I didn’t have to go very far. Local retail powerhouse has introduced high-quality DRM-free MP3s at a reasonable price at the Amazon MP3 Store. I am once again a music consumer. See, music industry, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

3 Responses to “Amazon MP3”

  1. Stickman Says:

    So yeah. iTunes announced a little while back they for a little bit more they’re selling non-DRM tracks. Doubt the extra money goes to the artist, though. Don’t know how Amazon’s thing is working out.

    There’s some open source solution, too. For buying non-DRM music tracks, I mean. Don’t remember what it’s called or any details about it. Was curious how it worked.

  2. Bobby Moretti Says:

    How much per mp3 on amazon?

  3. Ryan Says:

    It seemed to be about $0.89 per song, yielding 256kbps MP3s.

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