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Amazon Opens The Floodgates - Well, Almost

Hold on to your hats - iTunes has a competitor, and it's an open source competitor.  Amazon is offering not only music without copy protection, but unlike Apple and several other sites, the songs can be downloaded on any MP3 player, be it Zune, iRiver or just about any kind of cell phone.

Not that it's expected to make an immediate dent in the sale of iPods or music from iTunes, but Apple will have to deal with it sooner or later.  Likewise, the initial round of offering from Amazon's MP3 site, offered now in beta, doesn't include several major music labels who still require copyrights locks on their music.

Amazon has paid attention to history's lessons about music and radio.  Most don't know that when radio first came out, artists regularly filed suit against radio stations that played their music.  The artists thought radio would cut into sales of their records.

Will open source AmazonMP3 open up music?  Will it some day extend to movies?

Time will tell.  But remember, you heard it here first.

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