Amazon Gets Sony BMG DRM-Free Product, Claims Catalog Supremacy
January 10, 2008 at 1:37 PM (PT)
AMAZON.COM will become the first online music store to offer DRM-free mp3s from all four major labels, as SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT finally agreed to a deal..The conglomerate's product is expect to appear in DRM-free form later this month at a price range of 89-99 cents per track.
"We are excited to offer Amazon MP3 customers DRM-free MP3s from SONY BMG, which represents many of the most popular musicians from the past and present," said BILL CARR, AMAZON.COM VP/Digital Music. "Our AMAZON MP3 customers will be able to choose from a full selection of DRM-free music downloads from all four major labels and over 33,000 independents that they can play on virtually any music-capable device."
"We are excited to be working with AMAZON as they continue to build new markets for digital music," stated SBMGE Pres./Global Digital Business & U.S. Sales THOMAS HESSE."We are constantly exploring new ways of making our music available to consumers in the physical space, over the Internet and through mobile phones, and this initiative is the newest element of our ongoing campaign to bring our music to fans wherever they happen to be."
The move puts AMAZON.COM a major step ahead of iTUNES, which has yet to come to terms with all four major labels for DRM-free product.