I’ve just gone done buying some music on Amazon’s new AmasonMP3 service and I have to say I love it. Here are some pros and cons:
- Download DRM-less MP3’s
- All top 100 Albums are $8.99 each!
- They aren’t trying to replace my media player (unlike iTunes)
- Their downloader is tiny and only used to facilitate downloading files and will even drop the files in Windows Media Player if you want (I didn’t).
- Album art (and all metadata) already in the ID4 tags!
- No simple url to the site (like www.amazon.com/mp3 which takes you to a search for mp3 players). Must go to the main site and find the link. Annoying.
- No encoding choices. Everything is encoded as 256 CBR. It sounds great but it will annoy audio-philes.
- Its been reported that the MP3 files are watermarked to indicate they are from Amazon, but no personal information is stamped to the files, so I can live with this.
As they are competing with Apple and others, the decision to use DRM-less MP3 (instead of the DRM-less Apple format files that would need to be converted) and not to embed them with personal information (again, unlike iTunes) should be a boon to their bottom line. I love it…