Get over 1,000 MP3 albums for $5 apiece

Amazon's best music sale to date includes everyone from Ace of Base to Ziggy Marley. I defy you to pass up Steely Dan's 'Aja' for five bucks.

Lily Allen's "Smile" is a steal at $5. So is Coldplay's "X&Y." They're just two of the thousand-plus albums on sale through August.
Lily Allen's "Alright, Still" is a steal at $5. So is Coldplay's "X&Y." They're just two of the thousand-plus albums on sale through August. Screenshot by Rick Broida

Got five bucks to spare? Then you're in trouble, because choosing one of Amazon's thousand-plus $5 MP3 albums is darn near impossible.

This represents a considerable expansion of the company's regular $5-album promotion, which I think usually tops out at 50 each month.

Until the end of August, you can choose from a seriously impressive library of pop, rock, alternative, greatest hits, country, dance, classical, and other genres.

I mean, there's something for everyone here. Huey Lewis, Lady Gaga, Belle & Sebastian, Coldplay, Kenny Rogers, John Coltrane, Brahms, and Shakira. There's even the Phineas and Ferb soundtrack! (Just grabbed that one--for, um, the kids, of course.)

As you probably know, Amazon's albums are encoded in universally compatible MP3 format, without so much as a hint of DRM. Do with them what you will (within the law, of course).

The required Amazon Downloader can automatically add tracks to your iTunes or Windows Media Player library. Very handy.

Good? Hit the comments and tell me what albums you scooped up during this sweet, sweet deal.

Bonus deal: Starting today, Sam's Club is offering a free three-day membership. And unlike previous trial memberships, this one doesn't hit you with a 10 percent service fee. Here's the Sam's Club locator in case you need it.

 

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