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Warner Music Group on Thursday began selling DRM-free downloads through Amazon.

WMG ended its MP3 holdout by offering works from its digital audio catalog for purchase from Amazon MP3, the online retailer's DRM-free download store that launched Sept. 25.

WMG also has agreed to sell a range of digital products through Amazon, including album bundles containing exclusive tracks.

"Our customers are delighted with our DRM-free MP3 service," said Bill Carr, vp digital music at Amazon.com. "With the addition of great Warner Music Group content, our customers will discover even more of the music they love on Amazon MP3."

Carr said the firm has received "thousands of e-mails" from its well-wishing customers since the September launch. Amazon's download store boasts more than 2.9 million titles licensed from more than 33,000 record labels.

All four music majors now have committed to stripping out DRM from their respective catalogs. WMG's move follows the EMI Group and Universal Music Group, while Sony BMG is expected to make its first foray into the MP3 format when it launches artist-specific digital download album cards in mid-January.

Lars Brandle is global news editor at Billboard.
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