Unrest grows over Amazon’s Android Appstore pricing policies
The Independent Game Developers Association (IGDA) has published an open letter to Amazon criticising the terms and conditions for developers distributing apps through its Android Appstore. And while the letter focuses on...
April 15, 2011
Paul McGuinness renews call for internet companies to support the music biz
U2 manager Paul McGuinness has called again for internet companies to do more to support the music industry, although perplexingly, he now includes Spotify on his list. "I really wish those geniuses who bring us Google, Facebook,...
April 14, 2011
Amazon to launch an ad-supported Kindle – including ads for music
Amazon has announced plans to chop $25 off the price of its Kindle e-reader if users agree to see ads and sponsored screensavers. The new device is being sold as Kindle with Special Offers, and will cost $114 when it goes...
April 12, 2011
Music Ally Report : Amazon-ing Grace
- Amazon-ing Grace - Piracy Research - Are Market Projections Bad For Digital Music? - Country Profile: Ireland - Comment: Kieron Donoghue, ShareMyPlaylists
March 31, 2011
Amazon’s plans to get around Apple’s new subscription rules
Amazon is one of the companies with potentially most to lose from Apple's new rules on in-app content: its Kindle e-books app will no longer be able to send users to the Amazon mobile web store to buy e-books, without giving...
February 24, 2011
Amazon launching its own Android ‘Appstore’
Amazon has announced plans to apply its e-commerce knowledge to mobile apps.
January 7, 2011
Amazon reveals Q3 financials, but no MP3/Kindle stats
Amazon's revenues were up 39% to $7.56 billion in the third quarter of this year, with sales of 'media' accounting for $3.35 billion of that – up 14%, but overtaken by sales of 'electronics and general...
October 22, 2010
Asthmatic Kitty clarifies its views on Amazon deals
Last month, indie label Asthmatic Kitty made headlines after sending out an email to fans of Sufjan Stevens which appeared to criticise Amazon. The retailer was planning to sell his new album at a bargain price, but the label's...
October 21, 2010
Amazon adds music and video to Kindle e-books
Amazon's Kindle e-reader can't do video yet, but the spin-off Kindle apps for iPhone and iPad can. Amazon has just launched a series of e-books with embedded audio and video, which can only be used within those apps, rather...
June 28, 2010
Amazon awarded social networking patent
Amazon has been awarded a patent for a 'Social Networking System', which is described thus: "A networked computer system provides various services for assisting users in locating, and establishing contact relationships with,...
June 18, 2010
IODA signs Amazon exclusive for Kris Kristofferson album
Digital distributor IODA has announced what it says is the first 'worldwide digital exclusive on Amazon MP3' for a new album by Kris Kristofferson. Well, we say new: it's a collection of his demos from 1968-1972, which is...
April 29, 2010
Amazon music exec sends parting shot to music biz
Amazon's senior manager of digital music Scott Ambrose Reilly is taking up a new post in the company's Kindle division, and he's got some stern words for certain elements of the music industry in his farewell email. "A few...
April 12, 2010