|added Tue September 25 2007 at 10:32 AM
|Disclaimer - I do hold stock in Amazon. Uh, yeah... I work for Amazon. But even without that, this is just awesome news. Something that could be really cool.
Amazon just unveiled their new Amazon MP3 service. Songs start at 89 cents, and a quick browse seems to suggest that most songs are at that price point. There are several other prices, I've seen as high as $1.29. The best part, though, is that all songs are 256 kbps non-DRM mp3. I don't care what you "lossy/unlossy" people say, I rip my CDs to mp3 anyway, plus mp3 is the de-facto standard that every music player is capable of playing.
I haven't had a chance to check out the user interface yet, but they claim that they can load songs directly into your iTunes library, which could be an interesting feature. They start the lineup with 2 million songs, including at least a few of my favorite bands. I'm really looking forward to checking this out. One suggestion, though - they really need to use a succinct subdomain - something like mp3.amazon.com - instead of it simply being a browse node on their main domain.