It looks like competition among digital music stores is heating up. Google, Amazon and Apple, three of the biggest names in the business, all have their own entries going toe-to-toe with each other. To attract more business, each is offering discounted digital albums.
Google Music is leading the pack with its $4.99 “Blowout Sale.” Over half a million albums are available at the discounted price and over ten million single tracks are available for just $0.49. In fact, it’s hard to find content on Google’s store that isn’t discounted right now, though Sony has apparently opted out of the sale.
Amazon comes in second with its “Fuel Your Kindle Fire” promotion. Despite the name, you don’t need to own a Kindle Fire to enjoy the 1,077 albums that are being sold for an even $5. The selection seems to tilt towards indie hits, though some pop albums are available.
Bringing up the rear we have iTunes, which is running a “Great Albums, Great Prices” promotion that focuses on bestsellers of 2011 as well as some classics from the last few decades. The selection of titles is good – these are top hits, after all – but you’ll have to pay $7.99 for each.
None of the sales offer a specific end date, although Amazon’s sale is slated to stay active until January of 2012. You’ll have to buy sooner rather than later if you’re salivating over these prices.