Amazon: 6 million DRM-free Songs on T-Mobile G1

September 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

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During the announcement of the T-Mobile G1 earlier this morning, they mentioned that the G1 is also a media player. Much like the iPhone is an iPod and a phone tapped back to back, the G1 also is mass storage device that can store music and videos and play them on its screen.

Sure that’s not new. However, the distribution of music for the G1 is. Amazon mp3 downloader on the G1 is launched today with over 6 million DRM free songs. This online music store is much like Apple’s iTunes.

"Amazon wants to make it easy for customers to discover, buy, and play their music wherever they happen to be–whether sitting at their computer or on the go," said Bill Carr, Vice President for Digital Music and Video. "We look forward to the release of the T-Mobile G1, which will put Amazon MP3’s vast selection of low-priced DRM-free music at the fingertips of even more customers in more places." [Press Release]

The online store itself has been up since September 2007 but the downloader for the G1 is launched today solely for the purpose of the Android powered phone. Amazon MP3’s 100 bestselling songs are 89 cents, unless otherwise marked, with over 1 million songs available at 89 cents. Amazon MP3’s 100 bestselling albums are $8.99 or less, unless otherwise marked. Most albums are priced from $5.99 to $9.99, with more than 80 percent of Amazon MP3’s album catalog priced at $8.99 or below.

So it seems that Google is really going all out with their mobile internet device. However, the success of this all depends on the success of the handset. Will people like the handset and exploit all its potential? There’s a good chance they might and that’s what Google, HTC, T-Mobile and Amazon are hoping for.