Warner has added their entire music collection to Amazon as DRM-free MP3’s. According to a spokesperson for Amazon and Warner Music Group this will add “hundreds of thousands of tracks” to Amazon, which now contains over 2.9 million tracks. With 3 of the 4 major labels, Amazon is looking like they will be offering some serious competition for iTunes, now included are tracks from EMI, Universal and Warner.
It seems that Warner is actually understanding what consumers are looking for with digital music, their tracks are going to not only be DRM-free but they will not contain any watermarks which means they can be enjoyed on just about any portable player.
“We believe that giving consumers the assurance that the music they purchase can be played on any device they own will only encourage more sales of music,” said Michael Nash, SVP of digital strategy and business development for Warner Music Group.
Now we are just waiting on availability of DRM-free tracks from Sony/BMG as they are the last holdout with the major labels. Hopefully they will follow suit.