No splashy headlines yet but they’re selling DRM-free tracks for 89 cents each, under cutting Apple/iTunes by 10 cents. How much this cuts into Apple’s market remains to be seen as they don’t have a best-selling gadget like the iPod to tether this to. But the idea of songs with out any stupid DRM restrictions is very appealing and the price cut is obviously a shot at Apple’s firm 99 cent policy. Also, since Amazon is such a name brand, that’ll go a long way to roping in customers and getting a good foothold in the market.
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