Online entertainment retailer Amazon has unveiled plans to launch an online music store in May 2007, according to the Times Online. The retailer is believed to have approached all the major record labels in the past month about selling MP3 files without anti-piracy protection.
The news comes as Apple prepares to launch DRM-free music from EMI next month. Selling music without copyright protection is controversial, as it makes copying and distributing songs much easier.
According to the Times Online report, Amazon has been trying to break into the digital download market for the past 18 months. It is believed the retailer wanted to launch its own music player, but discussions with manufacturers failed to develop.