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What's emusic Got...?

Web retailer eMusic.com has added audiobooks to its offerings. Right behind iTunes in terms of online sales of downloadable music, eMusic.com will offer about 1000 audiobook titles from a variety of publishers (Random House, Hachette, etc.). The big selling point? No DRM. So customers can download audiobooks to iPods, Zunes, or whatever other MP3 player they have.

Audiobooks are only offered via subscription. PW reports:

Not all those in the audiobook industry are comfortable with the notion of selling DRM-free files. Michelle Cobb, president of the APA (as well as director of sales and marketing for BBC Audiobooks America), said eMusic's sales model is a "concern," but anything that grows the audiobooks market is exciting. Nonetheless, the announcement will force the APA to deal more directly with the issue that's capsized the music industry and has been looming large in the audiobook one: piracy. "We're now [going to have to face] some things we haven?t had to deal with on a daily basis, and look at them more carefully."

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