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
Will cloud-based music services see a return to DRM?
TechCrunch has a long article based on the number of digital music stores that are embedding personal information about buyers in the songs that they purchase, including iTunes and Wal-Mart. It quotes a 'music industry insider'...
April 7, 2010
Amazon Daily Deal suffering from Apple’s label pressure
Bruce Houghton at Hypebot has penned a thoughtful piece on what's happening with Amazon's Daily Deal promotion since Apple started pressing labels not to participate. "Gone are most of the new hit makers," he writes. "There...
March 11, 2010
Apple cracking down on Amazon MP3 Daily Deal promotions
Apple has laid down the law with labels considering promoting their albums through Amazon's MP3 Daily Deal. Amazon apparently raised Apple's ire when it asked labels for a one-day exclusive sales window on digital albums...
March 4, 2010
Amazon opens up Kindle e-reader for third-party apps
Kindle? There'll be apps for that! Well, there will be soon. Amazon has announced that it's opening up its Kindle e-book reader for 'active content', which could include utilities, games, more interactive e-books and... music?
January 21, 2010
Amazon selling 150-song Sinatra MP3 box-set for… £8.99?
We're still not sure if this is another mistake by Amazon, or just an amazing deal. Amazon MP3 in the UK is selling Concepts by Frank Sinatra for £8.99.
January 5, 2010
Lil Wayne album leaks after Amazon cock-up
US rapper Lil Wayne and his label will be raging this week, after his new album Rebirth found its way onto P2P networks two months before its scheduled release.
December 18, 2009