Sony signs pact with Amazon for DRM-free MP3 music

Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Sony BMG Music Entertainment has finally formed a deal with Amazon MP3 to sell their back catalogue free of Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Internet retailer, has announced that DRM-free MP3 music downloads from Sony BMG Music Entertainment will be available to customers on Amazon MP3, Amazon's DRM-free MP3 digital music store, where each song can be played on almost any digital music-capable device, including PCs, Macs, iPod, iPhone, Zune, Zen, RAZR and BlackBerry devices.

Most songs are priced from USD0.89 to USD0.99, with over 1m priced at USD0.89, while most albums are priced from USD 5.99 to USD 9.99.

Bill Carr, Amazon VP for Digital Music said that 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. 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.

Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business & US sales, Sony BMG Music Entertainment said, "We are excited to be working with Amazon as they continue to build new markets for digital music, 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."

According to Amazon, the Amazon MP3 store, which was launched in September 2007 now includes more than 3.1m songs from over 270,000 artists available exclusively in the MP3 format without DRM software and encoded at 256kb/s to deliver high quality audio.

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