Thirty-nine. That's the number of PR-related pitches I've received in the past 24 hours. Out of those, just one fulfilled my write-up requirements of being a topic that is both interesting and related to digital music. That's a 2.5 percent pass rate...and today's a good day. So perhaps I am just caught up in the excitement of having a new item to talk about, but I think Amazon.com's new "Daily Deal" promotion is pretty sweet. Each day, the MP3 store will feature a different album offered at a deep discount. The price varies by album, but you can expect to pay as little as $1.99. Even the high-end of the spectrum is still very affordable at $4.99. Any way you slice it, you're getting a deal akin to what you might find in a brick-and-mortar record store's used-CD bin--and without even leaving your couch. Call me lazy, but I'm thinking this is quite the cool (and wise) move on Amazon's part.
Amazon is also running a promotion dubbed "Friday Five," which offers five albums for $5 each every Friday. The chosen albums will also continue the reduced pricing through the weekend. This week, the five albums include the Rolling Stone's Let It Bleed, Frank Sinatra's The Essential Frank Sinatra, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss' Raising Sand, Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight, and Andrea Bocelli's Vivere - The Best Of. This week's Daily Deals stem from a recent Coldplay release and thus will be offered on some of the band's earlier albums. You can get all of the band's previous album releases throughout the week for $1.99. Friday, the EP Brothers & Sisters will be available for 99 cents. Amazon currently offers a catalog of 5.4 million DRM-free MP3s, most encoded at 256kbps.