Amazon signs with WMG for downloads

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LONDON -- Warner Music Group has begun selling DRM-free downloads through Amazon.com.

Taking effect Thursday, WMG has ended its MP3 holdout by offering works from its digital audio catalog to buy from Amazon MP3, the online retailer's DRM-free download store which opened for business Sept. 25.

WMG has also 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," Amazon.com vp digital music Bill Carr said. "With the addition of great Warner Music Group content," he added, "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 over 33,000 record labels.

With Thursday's development, all four majors have committed to stripping-out DRM from their respective catalogs. WMG follows suit behind EMI and Universal Music, 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.
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