Online retailer Amazon.co.uk unveiled its much-touted online music
store this week, pipping Bertelsmann-owned rival BOL to the post.
The store offers a choice of more than 120,000 CD albums, spanning 12
categories and 87 music genres including rock, pop, jazz, blues and
The service features a range of music-related content, including
customer reviews, listings and artist interviews.
BOL said that it plans to roll out its online CD service in the UK,
Germany, the Netherlands and France from mid-November. Online services
in Spain and Switzerland are expected in the new year.
Alexander Broich, managing director of BOL UK, said: ’The challenge is
the market not the competition. We will have a music site in time for
Christmas; ten months ago there was no such thing as BOL UK. The biggest
surprise is that Amazon didn’t start selling music in March.’
Amazon and BOL face competition from established online music retailers,
such as Boxman, Yalplay and CDNow.
The sites are www.bol.com and www.amazon.co.uk.