Amazon Music is a music store operating online. It serves as a music locker as well and Amazon, a well-known retail magnate, is the one who handles it. The service was first launched in September 25, 2007. Eventually, in January 2008, it became the first music store selling music even without DRM or digital rights management from big-time music labels such as Sony BMG, Warner Music, Universal, and EMI. Tracks could be bought in 256-kilobits-per-second MP3s without watermarking. Later on, the tracks became watermarked.
Licensing agreements however limits where music could be sold. Amazon.com could only sell to US customers while Amazon.co.uk could only sell to customers from UK. Later on, in December 2008, Amazon MP3 was launched in the UK. It went far more in 2009 when it launched the service to Germany and France. In 2010, it was Japan’s turn. Later on in 2012, Spain and Italy were also provided with the service. As an addition to this service, Amazon Cloud Player was launched in the US on 2011.
During the launch, there are almost 2 million songs from 180,000 artists that the customers could choose from. At first, only tracks from EMI Music were available and it was later on followed by Universal Music Group and Warner Music.
Searching for music is easy. Just by going to Amazon.com, a customer could find a song just by searching the title name or the name of the artist. For such purchases, Amazon Cloud Player or Amazon MP3 Downloader should be downloaded as well, especially for album purchases. For individual tracks, such programs are not required. The Downloader is available for Windows XP, Vista, or 7 as well as Mac OS X 10.4 or even higher. It is also available in Linux under Ubuntu, Debian, openSUSE, and Fedora.
The advent of services like these allow us to enjoy music the legal way in the most convenient way possible. Remember, we should work hand and hand to stop piracy and purchase the music we love the right way so that artists could also profit and be able to make more songs in the future.