Amazon selling Magnatune MP3s
Here is an example of a Magnatune album on Amazon.
I was happy that they got the label right (it says Magnatune) though it's a bit funny that they used the "artwork copyright" field, and not the "music copyright" field from our metadata, so the pages say:
Copyright: The artwork is licensed under the v1.0 by-nc-sa Creative Commons license. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/1.0/
I'm also pleased to see that they are offering set-by-the-label pricing, as I asked for our albums to be $8, so as to match what people typically pay on Magnatune.
And so now Amazon is a way for people to buy Magnatune single mp3s, if they don't want to buy the album, and still stay DRM free. The audio quality, at 256k mp3s, is quite good.
If you want the WAV files, you'll still need to visit Magnatune.com, until one of these vendors starts offering perfect quality downloads. FYI, iTunes hasn't made the "no DRM" option available to small labels yet, though I expect with this pressure from Amazon, that may happen quicker now.
Posted by John Buckman on September 26, 2007 at 12:41 AM | Permalink
How about iTunes? Do the MP3s download into iTunes as well?
Posted by: Anne Layzer at Sep 29, 2007 7:09:29 PM
I'm glad you're offering this as another option. However, for Magnatune artists I will purchase directly, since you offer patent-free formats and Amazon doesn't.
Posted by: Matthew Flaschen at Sep 30, 2007 12:41:19 PM
Although I buy and will buy here at the site, I'm glad to see that you've been open to this distribution alternative. I like their new service, and for many I'm sure it's convenient to be able to find your label's material among other material in a "one stop shopping" environment.
Posted by: gurdonark at Oct 19, 2007 8:24:27 PM
MP3's download to your computer. Whether or not you import them into iTunes is up to you.
Posted by: Steve Winter at Oct 23, 2007 3:34:55 AM