A better alternative to iTunes?

I admit it. I love iTunes. How can you argue with 99 cents per song? Especially if you're like me and you only like one or two songs per album. You can pay a small price for just the songs you want, rather than purchasing the whole album.

But there are other players in the music download market who may be poised to snatch some market share from Apple.

One up-and-coming competitor for music downloads is Amazon. Its MP3 store was launched in September, and single songs are selling for only 89 cents.

An extra benefit from Amazon? The songs are in basic MP3 format without any of the "digital rights management" controls on them like on Apple's downloads. This means that consumers can download the songs and put them on any MP3 player (not just an iPod).