The store, which was initially launched in the US last year, offers over 3 million Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free songs which are encoded at 256kbps (double the 128Kbps rate of the Apple iTunes Store's copy-protected restricted tunes) and can be played back on any device that supports MP3, transferred to digital libraries such as Apple iTunes and even burnt to CD. Prices start from 59p per track and £3 per album.
Users will be able to access music from the four major record labels; SonyBMG, Universal Music, EMI Music and Warner Music, as well as tracks from a number of smaller independent labels including Cooking Vinyl and Beggars Banquet.
Greg Greeley, vice president of Amazon EU Retail, said: "We're excited to provide our UK customers with more ways to discover and enjoy great music. In addition to the millions of low-priced CDs available in our music store, Amazon MP3 now provides a vast selection of DRM-free albums and songs across every genre you can think of, ready to enjoy in seconds".
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