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Free Digital Downloads Area, Where Customers Have Performed over 300,000 Downloads, Is a New Center for Free Downloads on the Internet

SEATTLE, July 6, 1999-/PRNewswire/ (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music retailer, today announced plans to add 12 new songs from seven artists to its Free Digital Downloads area over the next two weeks, starting with an exclusive download from David Byrne's new album, In Spite of Wishing & Wanting.

Less than a month ago, became 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. The day the Free Digital Downloads area was launched, four of the five top-selling albums on the site were from artists with songs featured in that area. customers are seizing the opportunity to try before they buy, and as of today have performed over 300,000 song downloads. Following the success of the launch, is adding to its current roster of artists, including Lyle Lovett, Widespread Panic, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, and others, to bring the total tally of songs available for free download to 38 and the total number of participating artists to 22.

From now until August 15, music fans can download "Fear" from David Byrne's new album, In Spite of Wishing and Wanting, which was released today and is available exclusively at Within the next two weeks, visitors to will also be able to download 11 new songs from seven new artists. Included in the upcoming releases are two tracks from Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons--"Juanita," a collaboration between Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris, and "Hot Burrito #1," from country rock stars the Mavericks. Additional tracks from Barry White, Kristin Hersh, Indigenous, Jazz Is Dead, and Advantage artist Perla Batalla will also be available for download.

"Our Free Digital Downloads area continues to be the best place for music fans to download music from well-known artists," said Jennifer Cast, general manager of's music store. "The success of this area proves that free downloads are a great way for listeners to discover new music-and a superb way for labels to promote their artists and their CDs. We encourage music lovers to visit our store often so that they can get the latest free music downloads from major artists."

The complete roster of artists and songs in the free downloads area is as follows (upcoming additions are denoted by an asterisk):


Artist Title
Cheap Trick Oh Caroline
Cowboy Junkies Surrender (Remix)
I Saw Your Shoes
River Waltz
Robert Cray All The Way
Let Me Know
Lyle Lovett If I Had A Boat
You Can't Resist It
Randy Newman I'm Dead
I Miss You
Pavement Spit On A Stranger
Public Enemy Do You Wanna Go Our Way??
Elliott Smith The Enemy In You
Waltz No. 2
The Stone Coyotes Church of the Falling Rain
My Little Runaway
Rufus Wainwright April Fools
Foolish Love
Cheryl Wheeler Beyond The Lights
Sylvia Hotel
Widespread Panic Bear's Gone Fishin'
Red Hot Mama
Kelly Willis Talk Like That
Time Has Told Me
*Perla Batalla Camino a Santiago
Morning Star
*David Byrne Fear
*Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris Juanita
*Kristin Hersh Echo
*Indigenous Holdin' Out
Things We Do
*Jazz Is Dead Row Jimmy
Ship of Fools
*The Mavericks Hot Burrito #1
*Barry White Staying Power

About, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 video, and No. 1 book retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest SelectionTM with free electronic greeting cards, online auctions, and more than 4.7 million book, music-CD, video, DVD, and computer-game titles. seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where people can find and discover anything they may want to buy online. As part of its efforts to provide the best shopping experience for customers, provides secure credit-card payment, personalized recommendations, streamlined ordering through 1-ClickSM technology, and hassle-free auction bidding with Bid-ClickSM. operates two international Web sites: in the United Kingdom and in Germany. also operates PlanetAll (, a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (, 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. also operates (, the sole provider of live-event auctions on the Internet.

In addition, has invested in leading Internet retailers that are improving the lives of customers by making shopping easier and more convenient:, a complete online provider of health, beauty, wellness, and prescription-drug products, at;, the largest pet-supply company on the Internet and a valuable source of free information for pet owners, at;, the first fully integrated Internet grocery-shopping and home-delivery service, with operations in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, at

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