Those who know me, know I’m pretty big on legaly purchasing music. But as you can probably deduce from some of the other posts on this blog, I also like to save money. So when Amazon.com starts offering tons of MP3’s for free, I get excited.

Amazon is the first major seller of legal music to make any real headway in market share against iTunes. I’m a pretty big fan of iPods and think iTunes is pretty cool and getting better. But I also like competition in the free market, it forces the best to get better or be surpassed. I think its because Amazon has started to do so well that iTunes finally switched to all music that does not contain any copy-protection. This means if you want to use music from your iTunes library for things like home videos, etc., there won’t be a problem with any new music purchased on iTunes, or any that’s been upgraded to iTunes-Plus. Amazon’s MP3’s have been this way all along. And right now there’s over 700 free tracks (mostly songs, but some other stuff too) avalable on the Amazon store. So if you haven’t already, now’s a good time to give Amazon a try. It’s compatible with iTunes or Windows Media Player. You’ll just need to install the Amazon MP3 Downloader, but don’t worry its easy and just part of the setup process. If you already have an Amazon account, its even easier.

Some of my favorites are:

If you find some others you realy like, let me know. I haven’t had time to go through the over 700 songs, so I’d love to check them out.