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Finding an alternative to iTunes: Amazon MP3

As of February 2013, more than 25bn songs had been downloaded from the iTunes store, averaging over 15,000 songs per minute.

There is no denying the power and ubiquity of Apple’s digital music service, after all it has transformed the way that everyone on the planet consumes music. 

Unfortunately iTunes is a deeply flawed experience. It's impersonal and slow, with lack of support for different file formats, a stubbornly rigid price model and no browser access.

In this ongoing series I’ll be checking out the competition to see if we can find a digital music platform that can finally trump iTunes.

Previously I looked at 7digital, this time I’ll be taking a look at Amazon MP3.

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Google finally launches Google Music

After what seems like years of rumors and speculation, Google finally launched a digital music service yesterday.

Dubbed Google Music, the service can be accessed through a mobile app and the Android Market website. Through deals with EMI, Universal, Sony and a multitude of indie labels, Google says that it's today offering upwards of 8m songs, with millions more coming soon.

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Are pirates the record labels' best customers?

According to new figures released by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, total global music sales dropped by more than 8% in 2008. In the US, total sales were down nearly 19%. The drop comes despite double-digit gains in digital music sales, which are still too small to put a dent in the decline of physical music sales.

You can be sure that digital piracy will receive some of the blame for 2008's slide. And to be fair, record labels have every right to be upset about the infringement of their intellectual property rights.

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Report: Apple inks deals for DRM-free music, variable pricing on iTunes

Apple has reached a deal with the three largest music labels - Sony BMG, Universal and Warner Music - to offer their music DRM-free on iTunes, according to reports.

As part of the deal, Apple will give the labels something that they have wanted for some time - flexibility on pricing.

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