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USAToday reports that Amazon has managed to take the #2 spot amongst digital music retailers behind iTunes with their MP3 Store. No sales numbers have been released, so it's difficult to gauge exactly how close a competitor Amazon is becoming.

This information comes from the four major labels who played their part in making it so. Amazon has been provided access to a larger number of unprotected music from the major labels to stock their MP3 Store.
Apple now has 2 million songs from EMI and independent labels available without DRM, out of its 6 million-song catalog. Amazon offers 4.5 million DRM-free songs.
For its part, Amazon has done well providing seamless integration with Apple's iTunes software on the Mac.

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TXCraig

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Jul 2, 2007
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Do all of the media companies just hate Apple? Amazon has more music ALL DRM free and they have only have been doing this a year or so. Amazon also has 4 times the number of moves for rent as Apple. Amazon also has TV show rentals unlike iTunes.

How can Amazon wheel and deal with the media companies but Apple always seems to have trouble with this....
 

LeviG

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Nov 6, 2006
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But how many of these sales would have been through itunes if the record companies had been fair (yeah I know not likely) and given the same amount of drm free tracks to Apple. The only reason apple isn't getting these sales is purely out of spite from the record companies, having realised that the consumer doesn't want drm after trying to enforce it for so long.
 

Surely

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Oct 27, 2007
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Is Amazon's pricing the same as iTunes' pricing? Do they typically offer their albums for the same or less than iTunes?

I did a few quick searches:

Juno soundtrack: iTunes $9.99, Amazon $8.99
Ashtray Rock: iTunes $9.99, Amazon $8.99
Mothership: iTunes $13.99, Amazon $12.99

Does Amazon tack on taxes, or if it says $8.99, it's $8.99?
Are they typically cheaper than iTunes, or was I just lucky in my choices?

Hmmmm..........
 

yg17

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Aug 1, 2004
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I've found Amazon to be the same, if not cheaper, than iTunes. Plus, it's DRM free, MP3, and higher sound quality. Screw iTunes, I'll keep using Amazon for all of my music purchasing needs.
 

Drumjim85

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Oct 7, 2007
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Is Amazon's pricing the same as iTunes' pricing? Do they typically offer their albums for the same or less than iTunes?

I did a few quick searches:

Juno soundtrack: iTunes $9.99, Amazon $8.99
Ashtray Rock: iTunes $9.99, Amazon $8.99
Mothership: iTunes $13.99, Amazon $12.99

Does Amazon tack on taxes, or if it says $8.99, it's $8.99?
Are they typically cheaper than iTunes, or was I just lucky in my choices?

Hmmmm..........

-it's cheaper (compare to itunes +, not just normal itunes)
-it's drm free
-it's a higher bit rate
 

greendragon

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Jul 28, 2006
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this is bad! anybody who buys music from amazon, who is an :apple: user, should feel GUILTY!!



i am :apple: FAITHFUL!!
 

joeconvert

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But how many of these sales would have been through itunes if the record companies had been fair (yeah I know not likely) and given the same amount of drm free tracks to Apple. The only reason apple isn't getting these sales is purely out of spite from the record companies, having realised that the consumer doesn't want drm after trying to enforce it for so long.

no kidding. Not bad enough these guys got the DMCA. This practice should be illegal. Clearly not driven by "piracy concerns" if they will give Amazon unencumbered formats.
 

aaarrrgggh

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Jul 1, 2007
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this is bad! anybody who buys music from amazon, who is an :apple: user, should feel GUILTY!!



i am :apple: FAITHFUL!!

Apple doesn't need iT(M)S to be successful, as long as the alternatives are iPod compatible. This is almost assured if the tracks are DRM free. It might ultimately be in the music consumer's best interest to give more business to Amazon-- if the labels take DRM-Free music away, just stop buying.
 

elppa

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Nov 26, 2003
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Hopefully the record labels will all give Apple DRM free music like they do Amazon. It's a bit petty and not really fair in my eyes.
 

nagromme

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My preferences: fast, easy searching/buying, and best price. iTunes has the former by far (Amazon chokes without warning when buying multiple singles at once, and search speed/elegance is no contest), while Amazon has the latter: I get my singles for less. That comes to a tie for me. I'm glad to have both options, and Amazon integrates pretty well with iTunes.

So format and quality is what determines my choice. In order from best to worst:

1. 256k DRM-free MP4/AAC (iTunes Plus)
2. 256k DRM-free MP3 (Amazon)
3. 128k DRM-locked MP4/AAC (iTunes non-Plus)
4. 128-192k DRM-free MP3 (various)
5. Any non-Apple DRM (Apple's terms are quite good)
6. A poke in the eye with a fondue fork
7. Microsoft DRM-locked WMA (Plays For Sure In Certain Circumstances)

I'm willing to pay the 10 cents to get #1 over #2, but I gladly shop at Amazon when iTunes Plus doesn't have what I want. And then my last resort is to buy from regular iTunes if Amazon doesn't have it.
 

lowbatteries

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Mar 21, 2008
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I absolutely love my Xbox Media Center for playing tunes from multiple windows and mac computers in the house, so I buy DRM-free any chance I can. Apple needs to hit #1 retailer, and then throw their weight around to make DRM-free THE STANDARD.
 

pyramid6

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Aug 8, 2006
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My preferences: fast, easy searching/buying, and best price. iTunes has the former by far (Amazon chokes without warning when buying multiple singles at once, and search speed/elegance is no contest), while Amazon has the latter: I get my singles for less. That comes to a tie for me. I'm glad to have both options, and Amazon integrates pretty well with iTunes.

So format and quality is what determines my choice. In order from best to worst:

1. 256k DRM-free MP4/AAC (iTunes Plus)
2. 256k DRM-free MP3 (Amazon)
3. 128k DRM-locked MP4/AAC (iTunes non-Plus)
4. 128-192k DRM-free MP3 (various)
5. Any non-Apple DRM (Apple's terms are quite good)
6. A poke in the eye with a fondue fork
7. Microsoft DRM-locked WMA (Plays For Sure In Certain Circumstances)

I'm willing to pay the 10 cents to get #1 over #2, but I gladly shop at Amazon when iTunes Plus doesn't have what I want. And then my last resort is to buy from regular iTunes if Amazon doesn't have it.


This sums it up nicely. ACC>MP3 but 256>128. No DRM greatest of all. I only have $100 of DRM's songs left.

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