If you're into Digital Rights Manegment-free (DRM Free) music, you have a reason to get pretty excited today. As speculated by engadget, Amazon
has launched the public beta of its new digital music portal called
Amazon MP3, which will feature two million songs from 180,000 artists
and 20,000 labels, all without the painful and annoying restrictions of
DRM. The reality is that this should make your music more portable. Again!
The press release claims that the site, will include EMI and
Universal tracks as well as will make separate songs available
for $.89 or $.99, and boasts that all of the "top 100" tracks will be
priced at the former, lower amount. Albums will range in cost from
$5.99 to $9.99, with the best selling albums coming in at $8.99. Of
course, since there's no DRM, users are free to throw the 256Kbps MP3s
on any player they like, as well as burn CDs, copy to MiniDisc, and for those of you you who want it old-school you can
dump your tunes to 8-track.