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Amazon's iTunes killer coming to the UK

Retailer to launch Amazon MP3 outside the US

Amazon's music download store could come to the UK this year, after the online retailer announced plans to start selling MP3 tracks via its international websites during 2008.

"We have received thousands of emails from Amazon customers around the world asking us when we will make Amazon MP3 available outside of the US," said Bill Carr, Amazon's vice president of digital music.

Amazon's bid to take on Apple's iTunes Store began in the US last September when it started selling MP3 files without digital rights-management technology at prices ranging from $0.89 to $0.99 per song, and $5.99 to $9.99 per album. The company's catalogue includes 3.3 million songs from 270,000 artists, it said.

Details of Amazon's plans to expand sales of MP3 into markets outside the US remain unclear. The company did not say when this year it would start selling MP3 music files in the UK and other countries, and did not specify whether the service would be available in all countries where Amazon operates.

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