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Amazon MP3 Is Going International This Year

Bill Carr, Amazon.com Vice President of Digital Music, announced the roll-out

Amazon's DRM-free MP3 digital music store is going inernational. That, according to Bill Carr, Amazon.com Vice President of Digital Music, is the plan for 2008.  "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 U.S. They can't wait to choose from the biggest selection of high-quality, low-priced DRM-free MP3 music downloads which play on virtually any music device they own today or will own in the future," said Carr in a statement yesterday.

"We are excited to tell those customers today that Amazon MP3 is going international this year," he announced.

Launched on Amazon.com in September 2007, Amazon MP3 offers what Carr called "the Earth's Biggest Selection of a la carte DRM-free MP3 music downloads." 

This now includes over 3.3 million songs from more than 270,000 artists, he said. 

"Every song and album in the Amazon MP3 music download store is available exclusively in the MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software and is encoded at 256 kbps to deliver high audio quality. Amazon MP3 customers are free to enjoy their music downloads using any hardware device; organize their music using any music management application, such as iTunes or Windows Media Player; and burn songs to CDs for personal use," Carr explained.

Most songs available on Amazon MP3 are priced from 89 cents to 99 cents, with more than 1 million of the over 3.3 million songs priced at 89 cents. The top 100 bestselling songs are 89 cents, unless marked otherwise. Most albums are priced from $5.99 to $9.99. The top 100 bestselling albums are $8.99 or less, unless marked otherwise. Buying and downloading MP3s from Amazon MP3 is easy. Customers can purchase downloads using Amazon 1-Click shopping, and with the Amazon MP3 Downloader, seamlessly add their MP3s to their iTunes or Windows Media Player libraries.

At this writing, the company had not disclosed a specific launch timeline for individual Amazon international websites.



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