Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Amazon Is Selling Music and Babies

Wait, I think I need to look at that more closely. Oops, baby products. Sorry.

Anyway, Amazon is trying to muscle in on iTunes's domination of selling downloaded music, and one way they're doing that is by picking fifty albums -- do you whippersnappers still call them "albums" these days? -- every month to sell for the low low price of $5. And, inevitably, there's a banner to go with it:

(If I wasn't wedded to having actual CDs as back-ups, I'd probably be jumping to buy the new Neko Case record from them.)

They've got plenty of other discount prices and lists of famous/important/good records up as well, for those of you who have made the jump to buying their music purely digitally. And, as I recall, Amazon is relatively DRM-free in this area, unlike their Kindle ebooks.

If you need baby stuff, Amazon sells that, too -- at this point, they seem to sell just about everything from fancy shoes to car parts -- and they're running a contest through the end of the year to encourage customers to set up baby registries with Amazon. One lucky customer each month will win a $3,000 "Dream Baby Registry", and the rest of you will at least get the chance to guilt friends and family into buying you baby stuff.

This concludes our commercial messages; we return to The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent., already in progress.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

After their announcement on Twitter yesterday, I picked up The Crystal Method's new album for $3. No DRM. Checkout was the typical 45 seconds. Had to download a goofy downloader, but it was quick and painless.

It's nice to see that buying albums has finally caught up with technology.

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