Amazon MP3 Downloader Now Available for Linux
Well, it took them a few months, but guess what: Amazon has quietly released the Linux version of the Amazon MP3 Downloader software required to buy albums through their DRM-free music store.
Even better, they have it packaged up ready to go for just about every major distro out there: there are packages available for Ubuntu Gutsy, Debian Etch, Fedora 8, and OpenSUSE 10.3.
I have bought several albums through the Amazon MP3 store (downloading them via my Windows partition), and I can testify that the service is groundbreaking: reasonably priced music that you can download directly and play back on any device that plays MP3s. It’s better than the iTunes Music Store (which requires you to have an iPod to play your music back, and which loads each track with anti-copying DRM code that prevents you from freely moving your music) in just about every way imaginable. And on top of all that, Amazon’s prices are usually lower than Apple’s, too.
Oh yeah, and if you decided the Amazon MP3 store wasn’t for you when they launched with only two major labels, they’ve now got the rights to distribute music from all of the big labels. So you will be hard pressed to find a band whose music isn’t available in there.
So what the hell are you waiting for? This is the perfect digital music service. If you’ve been waiting to take the plunge into purchasing downloadable music, wait no longer.