According to the BBC, Warner Music Group have agreed to release songs as .mp3 files, without copy protection, on Amazon.com. Previously, WMG had been refusing to release .mp3s due to fears of file sharing.
Amazon’s download store was started in September this year. A US exclusive service, it is becoming a major competitor with Apple’s iTunes, which uses Digital Rights Management to protect some of its tracks.
Sony BMG is now the only major label not signed up with Amazon’s download service.
Since this is a US-only service, it wouldn’t normally interest me. However, I think this is a major step towards the end of the ludicrous copy protection, so it’s a good thing in my book.