News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday January 17, 2013.
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Amazon has launched an MP3 store designed specifically for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, marking the first time that consumers will be able to purchase music from Amazon directly on their Apple iOS devices. The new Amazon MP3 store features 22-million songs, automatically saves to Amazon's Cloud Player back-up and streaming service, and can then be played through the default Music app on an iPhone or iPod.
The new store is available only by visiting Amazon using the Safari browser. While Amazon has full native apps for the Android version of its MP3 store, the company opted for an optimized HTML5 store for iOS devices, presumably because Apple demands a 30 percent share of all digital content sold through apps in the App Store. A similar dispute caused Amazon to remove the eBook purchasing function from its Kindle app for iOS.
Amazon MP3 can be accessed by visiting http://www.amazon.com/mp3 from an iPhone or iPod touch. Features of the store include:
- Selection of over 22 million songs and over two million albums at everyday low prices
- Individualized recommendations based on purchase history
- Deals like $5 albums, $0.69 songs, and free songs from artists on the rise
- Free storage of all Amazon MP3 purchases in Amazon Cloud Player
- Immediate availability and seamless playback of purchases in the Amazon Cloud Player app
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.