I was tickled to find the long out of print album from Debbie Harry KOOKOO at Amazon’s new MP3 service. What a perfect test. For $8.99 I downloaded the whole album at 256bps quality non-DRM MP3 and it automatically added to my iTunes library, with cover art and tags. Nice!
Now, I’ll be shopping iTunes (and the newly price-dropped iTunes Plus) as well as Amazon. Competition is good.
My questions then for library folk: Can we tap into Amazon’s MP3 store and put a purchased and burned copy of KOOKOO on the shelf for other fans? Can we load up devices with library purchased content and circulate them?
It will be very interesting to see where this non-DRM’ed trend takes us.
Caroline comments: It’s exciting to see more DRM-free music being offered, but I wonder if we’ll start to see more restrictive user terms creep in. There’s an interesting article on Amazon’s wording at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003932604_brier08.html:
Amazon’s contract says you “may copy, store, transfer and burn the Digital Content” for personal use. But then it goes further and specifies restrictions, saying you “agree that you will not redistribute, transmit, assign, sell, broadcast, rent, share, lend, modify, adapt, edit, sub-license or otherwise transfer or use the Digital Content.”
Joshua comments: Borders has started offering a service where you can download MP3s (DRM-free, according to the clerk I talked to) to your MP3 player or burn them to a CD, right there in the store. I think it’s pretty interesting and blogged about it: http://www.goblin-cartoons.com/2007/10/14/new-jack-city/