Watch out Apple…

Amazon is planning to sell mp3’s (not aac’s, wmv’s, etc) without DRM or player restrictions. See the press release here. Even more interesting… the Universal Music Group is on board!

In the long term, this should revolutionize the music business. Now, Apple must continue to make the best player on the market in order to stay competitive (which I think they can), not just rely on people needing an iPod to play the music they bought.

The one downfall I see for Amazon is that their service will not directly sync to an mp3 player, so it will not be as user-friendly (i.e. idiot-proof) as the iPod and iTunes.

I hope this means Apple starts to make its product less restrictive… one can only hope.

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