AmazonMP3 – Review

AmazonMP3 – Review

Amazon.com, a member of the  Fortune 500 e-commerce company based in Seattle, Washington, one of the first  Internet  miracles which started exclusively with books but now with everything under the sun.

Amazon  was one of the very first company to sell goods online. It was  launched in 1994 and was  the brain child of Mr. Jeff Bezos and was launched in 1994. It first started out  as an on-line book store and quick.

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They quickly diversified into other areas  and offer a wide variety of products  such as  clothing, electronics, even food, toys and furniture.

The company saw and  understood  the trend and high profit potential of entertainment mediums thus it  branched out into selling  audio books, VHS, Music  CD’s ,  and eventually MP3s.

They made a move to capture a huge segment of that business. In January 2008 Amazon rolled  out their MP3 service to their subsidiary websites worldwide and it  became  known  as  the Amazon MP3.

Amazon MP3 became the first music store to sell  music without digital rights management (DRM) from the four major music labels (EMI, Universal, Warner Music, and Sony BMG), as well as many independents.

All tracks were sold in 256 kilobits-per-second variable bit rate MP3 format without per-customer watermarking or DRM.

As a point of discussion, Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a copy protection technology that is designed to restrict the illegal distribution of copyrighted music.

Forms of control can include restrictions on the use of certain music players, how many times a purchased music file can be burnt to CD or the number of computers it can be transferred to.

Upon launching, Amazon offered over 2 million songs from more than 180,000 artists and over 20,000 labels, including EMI Music and Universal Music Group.

In  December 2007 Warner Music offered  its catalog on Amazon MP3 and in January 2008, Sony BMG followed suit. The music, however, can only be sold to customers in the United States back then.

In December of 2008, it was made available in the UK. The ascent of Amazon MP3 can most likely be credited to Amazon’s de facto brand recognition Amazon.com was a well respected force in the online retail market  so naturally  people  became curious with Amazon MP3.

It became so popular to a point where  it was  touted as one that will give iTunes a run for their money. Amazon MP3 site has a very straight forward way of previewing tracks that buying a track from Amazon MP3 is fairly painless.

All you need is an Amazon account to handle the billing side of things, and you’re done. Admittedly, its interface  is not quite as attractive as the iTunes menu system but it does the job perfectly well.

As part of their offer, before you purchase a song or album, the Amazon MP3 store lets you play 30-second music clip via an embedded music player.

The player has several useful functions such as the usual volume control, previous/next track, and play/pause buttons.

One of the most useful features of Amazon’s browser-based music player is the “preview all” button that takes the hassle out of listening to multiple songs or even an album.

Another advantage also lies in the fact that Amazon files will play on more devices, and are usable in more ways, than DRM protected files in other download sites .

It is also cheaper by ten cents as compared to iTunes. All in all, buying tracks at Amazon MP3 is like buying in a low profile store. The décor may not be great, but the experience and the price definitely makes up for it.

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    tnx for info!!…

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