Like Apple's iTunes Store, Amazon's digital music store will offer EMI Music’s entire digital repertoire as MP3s in track or album form.
EMI Music today announced that it has reached an agreement with Amazon.com that will enable Amazon.com to offer the catalogue through the online music store Amazon plans to launch later this year in the US.
The Amazon.com digital music store will exclusively offer tracks and albums as MP3s free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. EMI is the first major music company to make its entire digital music catalogue available for sale.
The agreement follows EMI’s launch of its new premium download offering, in which the company began offering retailers DRM-free music to sell in the audio format of their choice in a variety of bitrates up to CD quality.
Eric Nicoli, CEO of EMI Group, said: "Amazon.com is synonymous with a great consumer experience, and they have become an important retail partner of ours. I applaud Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com for making this move. Amazon.com’s deep understanding of consumers and vast knowledge of music paves the way for a smooth entry into the digital arena. Their arrival in the digital music market will offer even more consumer choice and will be a big advance in addressing the lack of interoperability which has frustrated many music fans.”
Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon.com, said: “Our MP3-only strategy means all the music that customers buy on Amazon is always DRM-free and plays on any device."