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December 27, 2007

Amazon MP3 Adds Music Audio Downloads from Warner Music Group

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Amazon.com (News - Alert) and Warner Music Group have announced that DRM-free music audio downloads from Warner Music Group are now available to customers on Amazon MP3.

Amazon officials inform that songs from WMG’s digital audio catalog are available for purchase and download from Amazon MP3. In addition, Amazon and WMG will also make available digital music products such as album bundles containing exclusive tracks.
Amazon MP3 — which was launched in September 2007 after reaching an agreement with Universal Music Group (News - Alert), part of Vivendi, and EMI — according to Amazon, offers a selection of DRM-free MP3 music downloads with more than 2.9 million songs from over 33,000 record labels.
“Our customers are delighted with our DRM-free MP3 service. We have received thousands of e-mails from our customers since our September launch thanking us for offering the biggest selection of high-quality MP3 audio downloads which play on virtually any music device they own today or will own in the future,” Bill Carr, vice president of digital music at Amazon.com, said in a statement.
He also expected that with the addition of Warner Music Group content, Amazon customers will discover even more of the music they love on Amazon MP3.
Noting that consumers want flexibility with respect to what they can do with music after they purchase it, Michael Nash, senior vice president of digital strategy and business development at Warner Music Group, added “and we want them to have that flexibility, which is why we’re pleased to offer our artists’ music on Amazon MP3.”
Nash also believed that by giving consumers the assurance that the music they purchase can be played on any device they own will only encourage more sales of music.
“Amazon shares our vision with respect to offering feature-rich music based digital products, and we look forward to making available an array of exciting new digital products over time that will transform the relationship between and among consumers, labels and artists,” added Nash.
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