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Amazon releases MP3 Downloader for Linux

Getting legal digital music is not the easiest task for Linux users. Sure eMusic's download manager has greatly improved in the last year and Amarok offers compatibility with Magnatune's limited artist and album library, but a native solution with a library similar to iTunes has just not been an option. Even's DRM-free MP3 store has had its limitations for Linux users, only allowing for individual track purchases but not discounted full albums.

Thankfully that has changed because Amazon has just released a Linux compatible version of their MP3 Downloader. Amazon has version available for four of the most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy, Debian 4 Etch, Fedora 8 and OpenSUSE 10.3.

After installing the program, users can then purchase a complete album (or only selected tracks) from the MP3 page. Purchased tracks can then be downloaded quickly from the Amazon MP3 Downloader, which can also playback the audio files. And because these are DRM free MP3 files, they should integrate easily with any MP3 player configured on your Linux desktop.

This is just another reason we think Amazon is approaching digital music distribution the right way. Not only are they not forcing users into buying a proprietary DRM format (nor are they charging more for not being DRM, as iTunes did for the first six months of their iTunes Plus program), they are making their service available to users on all platforms.

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