Saturday, March 1, 2008

Amazon MP3 Downloader Released For Linux

Amazon has just released a Linux version of their popular MP3 Downloader.

Amazon MP3 is a digital music store owned and operated by Amazon.com. It sells music without digital rights management (DRM) from the four major music labels (EMI, Universal, Warner Music, and Sony BMG), as well as many independents. All tracks are sold in 256 kilobits-per-second variable bitrate MP3 format without per-customer watermarking or DRM. Most songs are $0.99 and most albums are $9.99 or less.

Linux users have always been able to use the Amazon MP3 store but they have been limited to only being able to download one song at a time and having to pay $0.99 for each song on an album. With the Amazon MP3 Downloader, you get discounts on buying whole albums.

Screenshot-Amazon MP3 Downloader

You can downloaded it HERE

Once installed you can change the preferences by going to File>Preferences.

I've been using this service for a while now, I love it. I can find a lot of independent music on it and it doesn't force any DRM or watermarking on me. If I want to share a song or album I can and don't have to worry about it being traced back to me. Before this I had to load up my Windows Virtual Machine, download an album and then copy it back into Linux so I could play it in Amarok and transfer it to my iPod.
edited by pHreaksYcle

3 comments:

dotancohen said...

I'm buying Piper at the Gates of Dawn with the Linux album downloader right now. The best way to show companies that supporting Linux is viable, is by supporting the companies that support Linux. Amazon just got themselves a new paying customer.

Daniel Alberson said...

Kudos to Amazon. But Magnatune has a service built into Amarok. Not quite pioneering, but still Amazing

redDEAD said...

Megatunes doesn't have the indie artists like Amazon.