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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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'...
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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...
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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...
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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?
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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.
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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.
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Amazon launches $5 promotion and teams with DoubleTwist

Amazon has launched a new discounting promotion on its US MP3 Store, selling 100 albums for $5 each, taking in Lady Gaga, David Bowie and The Hold Steady.