Is Amazon planning a music download store after all? According to Hypebot blog, it is in discusions with music labels to license their albums for a launch early next year and is insisting on DRM-free songs in the MP3 format.
That would allow Amazon's prospective music download customers to avoid lock-in to either the iPod or the Zune. Of course, you can already get DRM-free MP3s at eMusic. Amazon is going to have to do better than simply offer a ten-year-old music format to win over customers from iTunes. But offering more freedom and fewer restrictions would be a good start.