|Amazon.com Launches New Music Area Offering Fans Free Digital Downloads of Entire Songs|
New Area Offers Music Fans Full-Length Liquid Audio and MP3 Downloads from Established Artists, Including Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, Cowboy Junkies, and Pavement
SEATTLE, June 8, 1999--/PRNewswire/--Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music retailer, today introduced a better way for customers to discover music, with the launch of a free digital-download area. It makes Amazon.com the only major online music retailer to dedicate part of its store to free, full-length song downloads from established artists and major-label performers. Music fans can access all but one of these digital downloads using the LiquidTM Player software from Liquid Audio, Inc., and a select number may also be downloaded in MP3.
Starting today, music fans can download and listen free to more than 20 full-length songs--many of them previously unreleased--by such popular artists as Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, Cowboy Junkies, Pavement, Robert Cray, Elliott Smith, Cheap Trick, Widespread Panic, Kelly Willis, Rufus Wainwright, Cheryl Wheeler, Sarah McLachlan, Public Enemy, and Amazon.com Advantage band the Stone Coyotes (the trio that served as the model for the band in Elmore Leonard's new novel, Be Cool).
"With the launch of our digital-download area, Amazon.com visitors will be able to download free songs from great new CDs by a broad roster of major artists," said Jennifer Cast, general manager of Amazon.com's music store. "Free downloads are a great way for listeners to discover new music-and a superb way to promote artists and their CDs. Our Free Downloads area will evolve over time, so music fans will want to check back regularly to get the latest tracks from our ever-expanding roster of artists."
Digital-download selections-accessible from www.amazon.com/music-downloads-include songs that are available for the first time anywhere, such as live versions of "If I Had a Boat" and "You Can't Resist It" from Lyle Lovett's new CD, Lyle Lovett Live in Texas, due out June 29; plus "Bear's Gone Fishin'" from Widespread Panic's new CD, 'Til the Medicine Takes, due out in August. Along with free song downloads, Amazon.com's digital-download area will offer music fans exclusive features, such as interviews and articles written by artists.
At launch, the bands and songs available are:
Lyle Lovett "If I Had A Boat (Live)" & "You Can't Resist It (Live)" Randy Newman "I'm Dead" & "I Miss You" Cowboy Junkies "I Saw Your Shoes" Pavement "Spit on a Stranger" Robert Cray "All the Way" & "Let Me Know" Elliott Smith "The Enemy Is You" " & "Waltz No. 2" Cheap Trick "Oh Caroline" & "Surrender (Remix)" Widespread Panic "Bear's Gone Fishin'" & "Red Hot Mama" Kelly Willis "Talk Like That" & "Time Has Told Me" Rufus Wainwright "April Fools" & "Foolish Love" Cheryl Wheeler "Sylvia Hotel" & "Beyond the Lights" The Stone Coyotes "Church of the Falling Rain" & "My Little Runaway" Public Enemy "Do You Wanna Go Our Way???" Sarah McLachlan "I Will Remember You (Live)" & "Building a Mystery (Live)"The introduction of the Amazon.com digital-download area follows free digital downloads of songs by Sarah McLachlan in April and Public Enemy in May.
Amazon.com operates two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present. Amazon.com also operates LiveBid.com (www.livebid.com), the sole provider of live-event auctions on the Internet.
In addition, Amazon.com has invested in leading Internet retailers that are improving the lives of customers by making shopping easier and more convenient: drugstore.com, a complete online provider of health, beauty, wellness, and prescription-drug products, at www.drugstore.com; Pets.com, the largest pet-supply company on the Internet and a valuable source of free information for pet owners, at www.pets.com; HomeGrocer.com, the first fully integrated Internet grocery-shopping and home-delivery service, with operations in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, at www.homegrocer.com.
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