Amazon.com to Launch DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store

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Amazon.com will launch a digital music store later this year offering millions of DRM-free songs from more than 12,000 record labels.

Because these MP3s will lack the unpopular digital rights management (DRM) restrictions placed on so much music sold online, customers will be free to play their music on virtually any of their mobile devices — like smartphones, handhelds, single-purpose audio players, or their PC.

"Our MP3-only strategy means all the music that customers buy on Amazon is always DRM-free and plays on any device," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO.

The online retailer has not yet said what it will charge for each DRM-free song, or when its digital music store will launch.

More Cracks in the Wall

Amazon.com’s announcement follows on the heels of EMI’s decision to offer its entire music library for free through Apple’s iTunes music service.

EMI will be one of the record labels supplying DRM-free music to Amazon.com.

"We’re excited to have EMI joining us in this effort and look forward to offering our customers MP3s from amazing artists like Coldplay, Norah Jones, and Joss Stone," said Bezos.

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