Amazon MP3 vs iTunes Music Store
Amazon MP3 is an online music store that sells DRM-free songs and albums. It was launched in September 2007.
iTunes is Apple's online music store that was launched in April 2003. Songs are DRM-free.
|Improve this chart||Amazon MP3||iTunes Music Store|
|Pricing:||$0.25 to $0.99 per song; $4.99 to $9.99 per album||$0.99 to $1.29 per song; $9.99 per album|
|Re-Downloadable:||Yes (via Amazon Cloud Player)||Yes|
|Catalog:||16.0 million songs||14+ million songs|
|File format:||MP3||AAC, MP4|
|Launched on:||September 25, 2007||April 28, 2003|
Amazon MP3 offers DRM-free downloads of over 2 million songs from 180,000 artists and 20,000 labels. In comparison, Apple says the iTunes Store now contains over 6 million songs.
edit File format and Sound Quality
While Amazon sells songs in the MP3 format with a 256 kbit/s variable bit-rate, iTunes songs are encoded 256 kbit/s AAC streams in an mp4 wrapper, using the .m4a extension.
AAC was devised as the successor to the MP3 standard. It achieves better sound quality than the MP3 format when compared at the same bit-rate .
Both Apple and Amazon sell songs without DRM and in open formats, AAC and MP3 respectively. Any music player will play these files.
As of 2011, The Amazon MP3 service is available for consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, and Japan.
iTunes is available in France, Germany, UK, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. See also: Map of iTunes availability
Amazon MP3 is cheaper than iTunes. Most songs on Amazon MP3 are priced from 25 cents to 99 cents, with more than 1 million of the 2 million songs priced at 89 cents. Most albums are priced from $4.99 to $9.99. On iTunes, individual songs are available for 99 cents and $1.29. Albums are usually $9.99.
edit Ease of use with iPod/iPhone
Songs sold by both music stores are compatible with the iPod and iPhone via iTunes, though due to the nature of the iTunes Store's integration within iTunes, it is arguably an easier and more seamless experience.
If you have iTunes installed on your computer, Amazon downloads mp3 format to a location of your choice and also downloads to your iTunes library. If iTunes is not found on a Windows computer, it copies to Windows Media Player, instead.
edit Related Articles
- Hulu vs Netflix
- Kindle Fire vs iPad
- Last.fm vs Pandora
- Box vs Dropbox
- Bach vs Beethoven
- FedEx vs UPS