Yesterday, Amazon launched their new MP3 store. Key features:
– MP3 format, 256 kbs
– No DRM
– Individual songs priced at $0.89
– Albums priced between $4.99 – $8.99
The store has albums available from locals like Miranda Sound, Megan Palmer, Eric Metronome and Jon Chinn. Indies like Spoon, The New Pornographers and Grizzly Bear. And major label artists like Kanye West and Radiohead.
This definitely isn’t going to be an iTunes killer – nothing will ever “kill” iTunes.. but I think it’s the first legitimate competition Apple has ever had. And competition is always a good thing.