Sony BMG has now announced that it will sell non-DRM tracks via the Amazon Music Store, a few days after it announced the “Platinum MusicPass”, which are cards that you would buy and go to the website and redeem the songs via a code.
This new deal seas Amazon becoming the first music distributor that will sell DRM-free music from the Big Four music labels. This also sees Steve Jobs’ actions to let iTunes to be the first to offer music DRM-free failing, with the labels playing hardball with Apple. NBC has left iTunes, and this could also see the labels pulling out now.
DRM-free music on iTunes is only limited to independent labels and EMI.
I could see how this new deal could work out for Sony BMG. If you have an Amazon account, you can buy your music at Amazon. If you don’t, you can always go to the stores and buy it as well. Either way, you would still have DRM-free music on your account.
Currently, Sony BMG has uploaded around 200,000 tracks to Amazon, which actually mean that their entire “active” catalogue – the stuff that actually sells – is up.
TechCrunch is also expecting that Sony BMG music, which has Australian artists and bands such as Delta Goodrem, Silverchair, Damien Leith and Young Divas, being sold on the iTunes store as well; joining EMI.