Amazon MP3 is so much better than iTunes store because
- They have DRM-free 256kbps MP3, not damn DRM-ed 128kbps AAC
- Amazon MP3 downloader "just works" with my Windows XP and iTunes
- Albums are cheaper!
- Individual albums have permanent links that work on browsers, like Direction by The Starting Line (still -1 for Amazon's wacky URLs)
- Sharing my music library is that easy. Another social network music taste, besides last.fm :)
Today I tested out with KT Tunstall and ended up buying lots of recent punk/alternative albums that I missed on iTunes store for some reason:
- Sum 41 - Underclass Hero
- The Starting Line - Direction
- Mae - Singularity
- New Found Glory - From the screen to the stereo Pt.2
The only downside of having 256kbps mp3 is that my nano can contain half # of songs in its 2GB storage. Re-encoding them to 128kbps is definitely possible but sounds so lame and I guess I would end up upgrading my nano to 8GB (or to iPhone or iPod touch) if I really want to store lots of songs. That's a bit ironic if switching to Amazon MP3 potentially recommends me to upgrade my other Apple product :)
Oh, and I experienced choppy AirTunes with higher bit-rate mp3s the other day. Do I need to upgrade my Airport Express to Extreme as well? :p
Now I'd like to know if Amazon associate links and ECS web APIs still "just work" with Amazon MP3 items. Would be lovely if I can add these digital music to my Vox "Audio" library (with VoxThis)!