Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Amazon Mp3: DRM-free music - I just popped my mp3 consumer cherry

Amazon MP3: DRM-free music. That means it works on any mp3 player. I approve!

Prices are competitive with iTunes.

Launched today. Lots of good music (my opinion, YMMV).

This is the first time I've actually bought an mp3 - I grabbed an MC Lars single, Hipster Girl.

I've never really been willing to buy an mp3 before because of the hassles dealing with the DRM if I wanted to back it up or anything (I go through more computers and MP3 players than I'm comfortable with), but since it was DRM-free grabbing some MC Lars tracks was obvious.

The experience was really good - the Amazon MP3 downloader was optional, but I wanted to give it a try anyway, and it was a really smooth downlolad, install, and launch.

Think I'll go back and grab some more tracks later on today, after I'm finished working. Amazon Mp3's prices are that sweet-spot where its just cheap enough to be a convenient way of grabbing mp3s. The DRM-free bit is what sealed the deal, because there's no way I'm dealing with that kind of hassle for more than 5 minutes.

1 comment:

SpyGuitar said...

I checked out Amazon MP3 and was pretty impressed, though I'm having weird issues with the downloader.

You might also check out eMusic(.com) - subscription based, and independent labels only (though not limited to indie-rock) - but they're DRM-free high-bitrate MP3s, and around $.33 a track or less.