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Amazon Launches a Music Store, Not a Service


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September 25, 2007,

Amazon today started selling MP3 files of 2 million songs from two of the four major labels — EMI and Universal Music -– as well as a bunch of independents.


The biggest question in all this will be what Warner and Sony BMG do. They have resisted selling unprotected music so far, preferring to see whether the bet by Universal and EMI pays off. If, as they fear, piracy will increase even more, they can sit back and keep using DRM. If the money coming from MP3 sales rises more than the sales lost because it’s a bit easier to make illegal copies of files, they will be in the Amazon music store, and hundreds of others shortly.


nytimes article

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