Phew. After several months worth of speculation, Amazon has finally cut the ribbon (or whatever the online equivalent is) on its music downloads store. It’s called AmazonMP3, it’s US-only for the moment, and it’s offering over two million DRM-free MP3 files for 89 or 99 cents apiece, with albums priced between $5.99 and $9.99.
Amazon has signed up two major labels for the store – EMI and Universal Music Group – plus thousands of indie labels. The songs are 256Kbps files, and will work on iPods, Zunes, mobile phones, PSPs and any other device you care to name.
There’s also an Amazon MP3 Downloader application which helps users import their purchased songs into iTunes or Windows Media Player. What with Nokia getting set to launch its own Nokia Music Store, battle is truly commenced in the digital music market, with Apple facing the strongest challenge yet to its digital dominance. Now, Amazon, how about a UK version?