Amazon Snubs The App Store, Makes MP3 Store Available Through Mobile Safari

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Amazon has today launched a new web app for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to purchase more than 22 million tracks directly from the retail giant’s MP3 store. Amazon says the HTML5 app has been optimized to work seamlessly inside Apple’s mobile Safari browser, and any music you purchase will be transferred instantly to your Cloud Player library.

The web app also offers personalized recommendations, bestselling lists, Amazon ratings, and special offers.

The app isn’t a native release, which means you won’t find it in the App Store. But there’s a very good reason for that. By making it a web app, Amazon doesn’t have to adhere to Apple’s App Store policies, which means that the Cupertino company cannot demand a 30% cut of everything you purchase on your iOS devices.

When you buy an album or an individual track, it’s sent to your Amazon Cloud Player library, which you can then listen to using the Cloud Player app for iOS. Because that music is stored in the cloud, you can also access it from the Cloud Player app for Android, or from your computer’s web browser.

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“Since the launch of the Amazon Cloud Player app for iPhone and iPod touch, a top request from customers has been the ability to buy music from Amazon right from their devices,” said Steve Boom, Vice President of Amazon Music. “For the first time ever, iOS users have a way do that – now they can access Amazon’s huge catalog of music, features like personalized recommendations, deals like albums for $5, songs for $0.69, and they can buy their music once and use it everywhere.”

Of course, those prices will make a lot of Amazon MP3 cheaper than their iTunes counterparts, which typically cost $1.29. The only downside is, unlike iTunes purchases, your Amazon MP3s aren’t stored locally, so you need a data connection to listen to them.

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  • daov2a

    “The only downside is, unlike iTunes purchases, your Amazon MP3s aren’t stored locally, so you need a data connection to listen to them.”

    When you buy mp3 files from Amazon, they are stored in your cloud. Install the Amazon MP3 Cloud Player and you can download them locally to your iPhone, iPod, iPad or computer and bypass the need for an Internet connection at that point.

    Snubbing the app store is obviously the best move for Amazon in this regard in order to keep their price lower and their bottom line better. I’m sure other vendors will do the same if competing directly with Apple in some way for their products or services. This is a smart move if you use Amazon exclusively for music purchases but use Apple’s products to play the music.

  • StephenPhillipA

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)
    http://goo.gl/LT0vQ

    Happy New Year!

  • sheetheadj

    “The only downside is, unlike iTunes purchases, your Amazon MP3s aren’t stored locally, so you need a data connection to listen to them.”

    When you buy mp3 files from Amazon, they are stored in your cloud. Install the Amazon MP3 Cloud Player and you can download them locally to your iPhone, iPod, iPad or computer and bypass the need for an Internet connection at that point.

    Snubbing the app store is obviously the best move for Amazon in this regard in order to keep their price lower and their bottom line better. I’m sure other vendors will do the same if competing directly with Apple in some way for their products or services. This is a smart move if you use Amazon exclusively for music purchases but use Apple’s products to play the music.

    Exactly. For the life of me, I don’t understand how people with more than a limited knowledge of their devices would choose to buy stuff from iTunes. Amazon is typically cheaper, *and* you don’t have to deal with all the DRM nonsense. And now this move from Amazon just clinches it.

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