Amazon's new MP3 Music Download service has managed to sneak out without so much as a fanfare to the UK and US sites providing DRM free songs at varying prices. Hell I didn't know it was out till someone mentioned it in the pub on Friday, and then forgot about it till I was looking on their page for something. Browsing through I found the new Kings of Leon album, Only By The Night, for £3, so I thought I'd give it a go and see how it compares to the wonderfully efficient (well in my mind) iTunes Before you start you need to grab a extra bit of free software from Amazon's site, which is rather painless to get and install. When you've found what you are looking for it's a simple case of purchasing it from them the same way you'd by the physical CD. You add it to your shopping basket then go to check out (or 1-Click shop) When bought a separate file is downloaded which is then opened by the Amazon MP3 Downloader and then it goes off and starts your download. When each song is downloaded it will automatically transfer it to your music program, either iTunes of Windows Media Player and that's pretty much it. Overall it was pretty painless. It's not as simple as iTunes (pick, purchase, downloaded straight to iTunes) but the extra steps don't really get in the way. Though there was an annoying balloon notification every time a song was downloaded, however I think that can be turned off. I did notice that the download was kinda slow compared to the purchases I've made form iTunes, but that could have been either my net connection or Amazon's server. Still wasn't that long. It's nice to have DRM free music which means I'd be able to play it on any device and the price was excellent, though not all albums are that cheap. Still, I think I'll be having a look their store next time I'm getting music and seeing if it's cheaper than iTunes.