Amazon scores DRM-free downloads from Warner

  What's that we hear? Another nail being hammered into the coffin of DRM-protected MP3s?Amazon.com announced over the holiday period that i

 

What's that we hear? Another nail being hammered into the coffin of DRM-protected MP3s?

Amazon.com announced over the holiday period that it has added Warner Group to its ever-expanding roster of DRM-free downloads. The online music store has just added Warner stable-dwellers such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Big Star, the Chili Peppers and, er, human bleatbox James Blunt to its 2.9-million song catalogue.

And because they're unprotected (256kbps) MP3 files, your iPod, your Zen, hell, even your Zune will be able to pipe them into your hungry ears. Penguin-fanciers can also rejoice – the files will also play on Linux. And single files are a tantalising 99 cents at most – take that iTunes.

OK, so Amazon MP3 is not yet available to UK customers, but there are plenty of enterprising Brits on the blogosphere who have announced that this is n'est pas un probleme.

With Universal and EMI already offering DRM-free tracks on Amazon, the only major holding out is Sony BMG. Come on, Sony – sort it out.