All Geek to Me

May 8, 2008

Music to My Ears

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 2:09 pm

Amazon have moved into selling digital downloaded music; competing with Apple’s iTunes. Amazon’s offering offers two advantages
a) Albums are generally cheaper, although the 99c price for a song is the same.
b) The music is in mp3 format, without the copy protection that comes with iTunes Music.

The Digital Rights Management (DRM) that Apple’s music has limits you to playing music on five computers and the only portable player supported is an iPod. Neither limitation is onerous; the iPod is my music player of choice and the reason that I have iTunes. However they are limitations nonetheless, so the Amazon offering is interesting

There is a small application that allows you to download albums with a single click and control the download process. It also adds your music to iTunes or Windows Media Player complete with album art. The application seems to be required if you wish to purchase an entire album and optional if you buy individual songs.

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