Sometime ago Amazon started their first DRM-free online music store called Amazon MP3.Users can choose from two million songs by 180,000 artists and 20,000 labels. Separate songs are priced from $0.89 or $0.99, and top albums range from $5.99 to $9.99.
The biggest advantage of the new store is the fact that with no DRM customers can download the songs on any iPod or computer, or burn them on a CD. Read more from Read/WriteWeb.
At the same time another free MP3 online store was launched called SpiralFrog. Stephen Abram from Stephen's Lighthouse blog explained that "In this case with SpiralFrog, while you can download music for free, there are a couple of small catches. Music can be downloaded to compatible devices with Windows DRM employed, and the transfer of music is allowed only twice.
SpiralFrog lists advertisements to support itself and also asks customers to renew their free account every 30 days.
If you want to learn more about the DRM issue, read previous posts from Library Blog Buzz. In my opinion if the music industry doesn’t find a better way to manage digital content, users will force DRM out of the online business.