Amazon to sell tunes to car thieves and mass murderers

In approximately one month's time, my social life and those of millions of others around the world will officially be over for the foreseeable futur

In approximately one month's time, my social life and those of millions of others around the world will officially be over for the foreseeable future. That's because on April 29th Grand Theft Auto IV hits the next-gen consoles.And what am i looking forward to most? The immersive environments? The free-roaming, free-killing environments? The movie-like storyline? Well, yes, but as with all GTA games i'm also keen to get my ears stuck into the soundtrack.The crime-'em-up has traditionally featured shedloads of awesome tunes. From the day-glo '80s hits on Vice City to the gangsta rap of San Andreas, just cruising around listening to the in-game radio can provide a welcome break from all that bloodshed and felony. And GTA IV could be about to take things one step further.According to Digital Music News, 'information surfacing this weekend' suggests Amazon will power in-game purchasing options allowing you to buy digital downloads of the songs played on Liberty City's various radio stations. It seems very non-specific and a reliable source is conspicuous in its absence but if true it could work via the main character's mobile phone with the download supplied directly to your console's hard drive.It's a clever move. Considering the fact that songs featured in Rock Band and Guitar Hero often see an increase in sales immediately after launch, making it as simple as possible to buy them seems like a no-brainer.Details of exactly which songs are to be featured remain under wraps, but given the non-specific, modern setting of the game some pretty big name contemporary acts are likely to feature prominently.If you can't wait a month, the GTA site has loads of content including previews of the radio stations, widgets, wallpapers and screensavers. Check it out at rockstargames.com/iv.