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Amazon MP3 Getting UK Launch Next Month

Gordon Kelly


Amazon MP3 Getting UK Launch Next Month

While you get credit in the technology industry for being first, that doesn't always mean much when the big boys move in...

Clearly feeling the hurt from being beaten to the punch by 7Digital's DRM-free capture of the Big Four record labels earlier this week Amazon has been stirred into launching its UK service in October (though I'm sure it would claim the move to be unrelated - yeah, right).

Like 7Digital, Amazon MP3 (no, it still hasn't updated that banner) only sells music in the DRM-free MP3 format - though at a lower 256Kbps bitrate compared to the former's impressive 360Kbps - and has deals inked with industry cornerstones EMI, Warner Music, Universal and Sony BMG.

A UK launch is long overdue however with the company stating way back in January that "We have received thousands of e-mails from Amazon customers around the world asking us when we will make Amazon MP3 available outside of the US... We are excited to tell those customers today that Amazon MP3 is going international this year."

I imagine had Amazon admitted the first country to see the service outside the US wouldn't be until sometime in October, that reaction would have been rather more muted.

Still - more than one year on from Amazon MP3's US debut - we are at least getting a piece of the action, even if our need no longer seems so great...


via NMA


September 18, 2008, 2:37 pm

Will be interesting to see if amazon undercut 7digital or not! I note that price in the US is $0.99 a song so even with the usual crappy conversion to uk that should be &#1630.79 a track in comparison to 7Digitals &#1630.99 a track..


September 18, 2008, 2:43 pm

They are really offering downloads as MP3s? A standard ratified in 1994? MP3s give you poor sound quality per bit rate when compared with modern lossy compression formats such as AAC, and people really need to stop using MP3s.


September 18, 2008, 3:10 pm

Until an online store offers lossless downloads I'll be sticking to CDs. Wait until a couple of months after launch and you're paying &#1635/6 a disc (on average) which is cheaper than MP3 downloads and much better quality than most.


September 18, 2008, 3:39 pm

@Stephen - it's because the MP3 format is known to the public and also cannot contain DRM. It makes a clear, simple and I'm 100% compatible with any device statement.

Alistair B

September 18, 2008, 6:38 pm

I just cannot see a time when I will download music anyway, mainly due to the fact, as Hugo stated earlier, that cds are just such good value now. I want to be able to do as I please with my music. Even if they offered lossless music for download there are still other issues to contend with. If I stored my entire music collection, let alone future purchases, on my laptop as lossless tracks, it amounts to well over 150GB. What's the point in having such good quality music through awful laptop speakers anyway. The cd gives me the opportunity to rip it twice, once in lower quality for my laptop and secondly in lossless format for my ipod with a good pair of shures, then delete the track once it's transferred. If I delete my music, lose my ipod, lose my laptop, i've always got the original cd and having the physical purchase in front of you with artwork, lyrics etc is always a more satisfying purchase anyway.

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