'Pirates' Take Over Amazon with 'Free' MP3 Downloads: Will This Affect Amazon Vs. iTunes Competition in DRM Free Market?
The UK launch of 'Amazon MP3' is the content e-retailer’s answer to Apple’s iTunes, means that digital consumers now have a choice for digital downloads. But not before Amazon also gets a rival of its own in the form of a Firefox plugin released yesterday called ‘The Pirates of the Amazon’, .
Albums via Amazon start at £3 and songs at 59p, compared to iTunes songs at 79p each. Amazon negotiated for the 3 million songs available with 4 big recording companies to be free of DRM, or Digital Rights Management. This means that once you've paid up, you can move the songs to any device you own, a flexibility that most customers would appreciate.
However, Amazon’s mp3 downloads having only 256kps quality as opposed to 320kps mp3s offered by some competitors, which includes the latest Firefox add-on, ‘Pirates of the Amazon’, which not only links to potentially higher quality of the songs, but cheekily integrates a 'Download 4 Free' button using the Firefox Greasemonkey script.
The plugin allows users to get any songs they want without paying a single penny by linking to ‘free’ copies on torrent website The Pirate Bay. In fact, according to website TorrentFreak, this even works even with CDs, DVDs, games, books, and any products that can be converted digitally.
The plugin site has currently been taken down, announcing that "The Ship was hit. We're offline". However, not all hope sank with it, as TorrentFreak has provided a backup copy of the xpi file add-on.
Bitterwallet has no affiliations with this offshore download website due to, ahem, potential legal implications.