Amazon is making some serious headway in creating a true rival for the iTunes Music store. In a lot of ways the Amazon store is superior to the iTunes store as it stands today. Some some tracks are cheaper than their iTunes counterparts, and and now Amazon has a much wider selection of DRM free music.
Warners announced yesterday that you can now download their entire music catalog via Amazon in DRM free MP3 format. This is another strong move from the record industry that suggests they may be attempting to move away from Apple and iTunes.
Will this hurt iPod sales? I don’t see how. Regardless of where you get your music there has yet to be a true competitor to the iPod line. The latest Zunes might come close, but they still seem a generation behind their iPod counterparts.
I do like the Amazon store, and I hope that they continue to do well because competition is good for the industry as a whole. If it takes Amazon becoming a true contender for the digital music crown to get DRM off of my music, I’m all for it.