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viernes, 18 de mayo de 2007

Amazon Bites into iTunes, Spits Out DRM

Amazon.com announced that it plans to launch a digital music store later this year without digital rights management software that has frustrated many consumers. The move pits Amazon against Apple's iTunes, which has become the dominant player in the online music world.

Amazon said its store would feature more than 12,000 songs when launched, but so far, it has only disclosed a deal with EMI, which holds the rights to such acts as The Rolling Stones and Cold Play. The deal does not include rights to Beatles songs. The group has traditionally declined to allow online sales of its music.

"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. "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."

In April, Apple cut a deal with EMI, one of the four largest record labels, to offer DRM music at a 30-cent premium.

There is no word yet on whether Amazon will charge a similar DRM-free premium.


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