The Amazon MP3 music store is a real rival to Apple's iTunes Music Store, beating it on price and freedom.
Amazon MP3: Interface and design
It's hard to see how iTunes' convenience can be bettered, and AmazonMP3 is clunkier in its navigation and search - not that iTunes isn't without its annoying idiosyncrasies.
You can browse by price or genre from the MP3 homepage, check out the current top downloads or new and future releases, and search for songs, albums or artists using a standard search box at the top of any Amazon MP3 page.
You need to download the Amazon MP3 Downloader application, and this can work directly with iTunes - but it's clearly slightly more effort than iTunes' seamless download and store functionality. Album information and artwork are all included, just as with iTunes.
Amazon MP3 shares the basics that iTunes has pioneered, such as offering 30-second extracts of songs to listen to before you buy.
It also includes customer reviews, and has the advantage over iTunes in that it calls upon user reviews from its well-established CD sales service.
From a content point of view, obviously iTunes offers much more than just music: podcasts, TV shows, movies to buy and rent, music videos, etc. And it does appear to carry more music than AmazonMP3 currently does.
At the time of writing Amazon MP3, for instance doesn't offer Sweden's excellent The Embassy or Danish band Efterklang. iTunes has far more depth than Amazon, which is more interested in larger, popular artists.
Neither store features music by digital refuseniks The Beatles or AC/DC