I was taken a little by surprise by this announcement, but today, AMAZON.COM joined the world of legal, downloadable music! There are a few good things with what Amazon is doing here. First, NO DRM! Thank God for that. Second, encoding is at 256 kbps and while I wish it were at 320, its a heap better than iTunes (which I have come to loathe) and its paltry 192 kbps. As I have said, 192 kbps might be good enough for your top 40 schrot, but for your jazz or orchestral stuff, that bitrate just does not cut it.
So I hear you asking - "So what about selection?" To that I say, "It's not a bad start." Check out some of the soundtracks you can get below:
You also get HIGH QUALITY ARTWORK with each album purchase. To download entire albums you must download and install Amazon's tool, but you can download invidividual tracks - no problem. No doubt the library of titles doesn't approach iTunes, but it's a start and a welcome alternative!