Well, I did it. I made my first purchase from Amazon's mp3 store. What'd I buy? Paul Westerberg's 49:00. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of his solo work, but the Replacements' Pleased To Meet Me is one of the albums I played to death as a kid*. Also, and more importantly, the total cost for his new album is $.49. Now, I'm not so naive as to think that this will usher in a new era of ultra-cheap legal music downloads, but at least Westerberg is fighting the good fight and he deserves some kudos.
As for my Amazon shopping experience, it was quick, easy, and DRM-free. Hopefully, iTunes is taking notice.
Yesterday I also picked up Nine Inch Nails' The Slip, even though I had already downloaded the album for free (legally!) a couple of months ago. While I no longer have the teenage angst that 43 year old Trent Reznor seems to feed off of, I still like his music and I'll buy pretty much anything he puts out. Also, I like to send the message that there are folks like me who see a physical release as superior to a download-only one. And there's a bonus DVD and some stickers.
*Curiously, I never upgraded my cassette copy. Yesterday I got news of an autumn reissue, so I'll just wait for that.