Added to Amazon.com's Unbox service
Amazon.com Inc., the world's largest Internet retailer, began a digital-music download service to compete with Apple Inc.'s iTunes, selling restriction-free tracks from more than 20,000 record labels.
The MP3 service offers 2.3 million songs from more than 180,000 artists, Amazon.com said yesterday. The songs, most priced from 89 to 99 cents, don't have software that limits how customers can store and play them.
"We already have 69 million active customers," Bill Carr, Amazon .com's vice president for digital music, said yesterday. "Most of those purchases are already in media products," he said. "We are adding MP3 downloads we think customers will love."