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Old 09-25-07, 02:48 PM
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Amazon Opens DRM-Free MP3 Download Store

Amazon has opened an online store to compete directly with itunes for downloading mp3s. prices are comparable or lower than that available in itunes. additionally, all songs are DRM free. music is encoded as a 256 kbps VBR MP3 daring fireball has a brief review of the store and of the mac version of amazon's downloading software.
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Old 09-25-07, 03:00 PM
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Interesting... if they expand the selection I may be into it. But a search for U2 and Foo Fighters yeilded a "we do not have the full catalogue of XYZ artist at this time, we are working to expand the selection" message. We'll see what happens to the currently good prices once there are some big names available - those labels won't allow non-DMR downloads for cheap.

Personally I like iTunes and have only run into one DRM issue when I was burning multiple CDs for my wedding... but we all know how to bypass that issue.
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"Your search "orange juice" did not match any Artists."

Oh well...
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eh, kept coming up with karaoke stuff. will keep digging later.
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Old 09-25-07, 10:32 PM
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Ok, after LOTS of searching. This is what I found in no particular order:
Ryan Shaw
Mandy Moore - a few
Imogen Heap - a few
Soundgarden
Jodeci
Smash Mouth
Nirvana
Counting Crows
Presidents of the USA
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Ataris
Joe Cuba Sextette - a few
Nelly Furtado - a few
Sonora Carruseles - lots!
Ne-Yo - a few
Ray Barretto - lots! (yay!)
Norah Jones - a few
The Police
Herbie Mann
LL Cool J - lots
Santana
Apocalyptica - a few
Gabin - a few
Citizen Cope - a few
Pussycat Dolls - a few

Update:
Smashing Pumpkins - lots
Rolling Stones - lots
Jimi Hendtrix - lots
Pink Floyd - lots
Gwen Stefani
Daft Punk
Guns n' Roses
Hope it helps.

Still missing a bunch but I'm impressed so far. Will try downloading a couple later this week.

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Old 09-25-07, 11:42 PM
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I think that they'll get a lot more artists - the record companies want competition to iTunes because they are tired of iTunes dictating the terms (price per song, the companies want an amount larger than 99 cents for new releases).
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This is great news, especially the 256kbps encoding. An iTunes song is equivalent to 128kbps.
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Originally Posted by Dignam
This is great news, especially the 256kbps encoding. An iTunes song is equivalent to 128kbps.
in all fairness, the iTMS encodes 128kbps AAC and not mp3. IIRC, as far as overall quality, 128 kbps AAC is equivalent to 192 kpbs mp3. please feel free to correct me if i am in error.

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Depends on the encoder.
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Most iTunes songs are at 128 kbps .aac, but EMI songs are at 256 kbps .aac which is supposed to be indistinguishable from a CD, for $1.29.

iTunes customers can also upgrade their 128 kbps EMI songs for 30 cents to the 256 kbps rate.
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Old 09-26-07, 02:15 PM
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I bought a couple songs from two different albums. It's weird that one was CBR 256 kbps while the other was VBR avg. 229 kbps. Not a big deal though.

It was pretty easy to download but for some reason, it keeps opening iTunes but foobar2000 is my default mp3 player.

Edit: OK, changed the add music to itunes option in the amazon mp3 downloader program.

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