Amazon to Launch DRM-Free Music Store
The Washington Post reports that Amazon has announced that they will be launching a digital music store "later in 2007" which will offer "millions of songs, free of copy protection technology [DRM] that limits where consumers can play their music."
Like Apple, Amazon has licensed music from EMI but will be offering songs in MP3 format.
"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.
No word on pricing is available, but these DRM-free MP3s will play in Apple's iTunes and on the iPod.
Other record labels have not yet adopted this DRM-free strategy. Apple and EMI jointly announced in April that Apple's iTunes would begin selling DRM-free music from EMI beginning in May.