Amazon takes on Apple with DRM-Free Music

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Amazon takes on Apple with DRM-free music.

I’ve used iTunes since it was first released in 2001. When music was first sold via iTunes, I bought into the idea right away and stopped buying CDs altogether. I didn’t care about DRM and I didn’t care about bit-rates. When they started selling TV shows, I didn’t hesitate to buy shows like Heroes, Lost, South Park and Lil’ Bush. When they started selling iTunes Plus tracks, I bought those too. The idea of paying a little more for better quality, unprotected music made sense to me.

Then Amazon started offering DRM-free tracks, and they started offering them for less than copy-protected, lower-quality tracks on iTunes were selling for. Initially, I resisted. I told myself that nothing could work as well as iTunes. But then I tried AmazonMP3. Yeah, there’s a couple of extra steps involved in buying and downloading a track, but it’s worth the extra quality and cost savings.

I haven’t bought from iTunes since. It’s still my player of choice, and I still get TV shows from it fairly often, but now that there’s a viable alternative for buying music, I’m not sure I can go back.

2 thoughts on “Amazon takes on Apple with DRM-Free Music

  1. I’ve ditched iTunes and now use Foobar2000 as my player on the PC. I decided to switch once iTunes hit 300mb of memory used while playing one song.

    I’ve started looking at customizing the interface, and it’s fun to mess with the code and see what happens. It’s lightweight and fast. For me it destroys iTunes in almost every aspect.

  2. I’ve ditched iTunes and now use Foobar2000 as my player on the PC. I decided to switch once iTunes hit 300mb of memory used while playing one song.

    I’ve started looking at customizing the interface, and it’s fun to mess with the code and see what happens. It’s lightweight and fast. For me it destroys iTunes in almost every aspect.

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