As reported in Music Week, Amazon has soft launched its long-awaited MP3 store in the UK, offering MP3 downloads from all four of the majors and several independent labels at bargain prices.
Amazon launched its MP3 store in the US late in 2007 and promised at Midem 2008 that it would roll this out globally by the end of the year.
The launch has been long rumoured, with early reports suggesting that it would launch in September.
The site, which operates off the main Amazon UK site, is competing on price, with albums from Â£3 and singles such as The Ting Ting's 'That's Not My Name' and Kings Of Leon's 'Sex On Fire' for as little as 59p. Hopefully more tracks and choice will be added when the service gets going.
Tracks on the site are encoded using variable bit rates for maximum audio quality and smaller file sizes, aiming at an average of 256kbps.