Amazon’s eagerly awaited MP3 download store is now open to UK music lovers, offering an alternative to iTunes.
Billed as ‘having music downloads for any device’ and claiming to ‘download instantly to iTunes and Windows Media library’, the website boasts millions of tracks from 59p, and album prices as low as £3.
As the downloaded 256kbps MP3 music files are free of digital rights management (DRM) software, users can burn their songs to CDs, play them on all their computers (PC and Mac), and transfer them to all their music playing devices.
Amazon says that downloads ‘can be played on any MP3-capable device, including iPods, Zunes, Zens, iPhones, RAZRs, BlackBerrys, and most media-enabled mobile phones.’
Competition from iTunes, Play.com, Tesco and 7digital.com
The music download service will be up against stiff competition from Apple’s iTunes, Play.com, Tesco digital and 7digital.com. It has the advantage, however, of Amazon’s extensive user base, and that music downloads can be added to your Amazon shopping basket along with products from Amazon’s other stores including CDs, DVDs, books and electronics.
To find the best MP3 player to listen to your downloaded music, check out the Which? MP3 player reviews. Alternatively if you already have an iPod or MP3 player and want to improve the sound quality, read the MP3 speaker dock or headphones reports.
The download service at Amazon.co.uk is open to UK residents, including The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The US MP3 download site, which opened in September 2007, was not available to UK consumers.
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