Amazon to launch music store in September?

By on will reportedly launch its long-awaited entirely DRM-free music store in mid-September, according to the New York Post's sources. At launch, the online retailer plans to offer around 1 million tracks from both major labels Universal Music and EMI Group as well as songs from a large number of smaller independent labels.

Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest CD retailer, earlier this month beat Amazon to the punch by launching its own digital music store featuring DRM-free tracks from Universal and EMI at 94 cents apiece and $9.22 per album.

Amazon is set to challenge iTunes with a two-tiered pricing format, charging 99 cents for new and popular songs and 89 cents for others, while albums are expected to cost between $7.99 and $9.99. The store will offer songs in the iPod-friendly MP3 format, giving owners of the popular music player an alternative source for music besides iTunes.

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.