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Amazon has confirmed plans to open a music download store later this year, offering all songs free of DRM copyright protection.

The much-anticipated move will see Amazon offering music from EMI, which recently cut a deal with Apple to sell its music DRM-free through the iTunes store.

Unlike iTunes, Amazon's DRM-free downloads will be compatible with any digital player, and customers will also be able to burn their own CDs.

According to Amazon, it will be offering millions of songs for sale from 12,000 record labels, though EMI is the only major label involved at the moment.

The company didn't release any details on pricing. It also remains to be seen whether Amazon can be a strong competitor for iTunes, which currently holds around 80% of the music download market.

Graham Charlton

Published 17 May, 2007 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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