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Amazon launches video streaming store

Amazon launches video streaming store
3BDCDDA4-F274-4321-BF4B-581C090B9585.jpgAmazon.com is introducing a new online store of TV shows and movies, called Amazon Video on Demand.
Customers of Amazon’s new store will be able to start watching any of 40,000 movies and television programs immediately after ordering them, according to a report in the New York Times.

The service is different from most internet video stores, such as Apple’s iTunes and the original incarnation of Amazon’s video

Amazon could not be immediately reached for comment.

Amazon has also struck a deal with electronics giant Sony to place its internet video store on the Sony Bravia line of high-definition TVs, the paper claims.

Amazon will pursue similar deals with other makers of TVs and internet devices, claims Bill Carr, Amazon’s vice president for digital media.

Amazon Video on Demand will be accessible to a limited number of invited Amazon.com customers today before it opens more broadly to other users later this summer.

If past history is anything to by, British viewers will have to wait even longer to access the store. Amazon’s DRM-free MP3 store has still to cross the Atlantic, despite repeated promises of a European launch. The company’s eBook reader, Kindle, also remains a US-only product.

Reuters

(Via MacUser news)

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Kindle 2.0 Coming Around October 2008

Kindle 2.0 Coming Around October 2008
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An insider let slip that two new Amazon Kindle models will hit stores this holiday season, with the first coming as early as October.

The first is an updated version with the same sized screen, a smaller form factor, and an improved interface. The source told us that Amazon has “skipped three or four generations,” comparing the old Kindle to the 1st gen iPod and the new version to something like the sexy iPod Mini.

The second new model, which is shaped like an 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of paper, is considerably bigger than the current model and should be available next year.

Both models should come in multiple colors and may be aimed at younger readers.

The original Kindle, which launched last November, has been widely regarded as a success, though Amazon has curiously refused to release any numbers related to its sales figures. In May, Citigroup Analyst Mark Mahaney estimated that Amazon may sell $750 Million in Kindles by 2010. The same report also guessed that Amazon has only sold between 10,000 and 30,000 Kindles to date, suggesting that it may display the same exponential growth seen by the iPod during its climb from 129,000 units sold in its first quarter to worldwide dominance, with over 100 million sold.”

(Via crunchgear )

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iTunes’ Rivals Are Worth a Look

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If there were a reason to keep using Apple’s iTunes Store exclusively to buy music online, it escapes me. Do you buy CDs only from your neighborhood record store? Not unless your best pal owns the store. In the world of physical music sales — yes, CDs still exist — there is little reason to spend $14 for an album while another retailer offers it for $10. We shop around for price. So why spend more at an online store when a virtual competitor is a mouse click away? Moreover, why shop for music at a place where you can play that purchase on only one company’s line of digital music devices?

Check out Amazon, Rhapsody or ,dare I say it,…Napster.

(Via MacNewsWorld)

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.41 savings with Amazon MP3

I purchased the Coldplay album X & Y a few tears back from iTunes. This was back in the O L D days when DRM reigned supreme over ALL the iTunes downloads. But as we all know SOME record companies said, “to hell with DRM” and iTunes Plus was born. Sure it was a few pennies more but hey, NO DRM!

Today I see on Amazon.com’s MP3 Downloads I can get the WHOLE X & Y album (I still like to call it that) for the low, low price of $1.99. That includes all 13 songs in MP3 format!

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I can Upgrade my already purchased album through iTunes for $2.40…….To go with Amazon I save 41 cents.

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hmmmmm

I just got the album from Amazon!

What are your thoughts on Amazon’s MP3’s and iTunes Plus????

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Amazons Web Site takes Friday off!

Amazons Web Site Goes Down: An Unplanned Event – Bits – Technology – New York Times Blog

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Amazon’s site is back up again. A statement and some factual details from an Amazon spokesman have been added below.

The Web site of Amazon.com, the Web’s biggest retailer, was down and unavailable for two hours today.

On an Amazon discussion forum for sellers, a post entitled “Amazon Un-Planned Event (06/06)” says that the company is “currently investigating an issue that has impacted the availability of the Amazon.com website.”

“Engineers are actively engaged in resolving this issue and we will provide an update once the issue is resolved,” the post says. “We appreciate your patience during this time.”

The post was dated 10:37 West Coast time.

An Amazon spokesperson said this afternoon, “Amazon’s systems are very complex and on rare occasions, despite our best efforts they may experience problems. We work to minimize any disruption and to get the site back as quickly as possible.”

The spokesman said that Amazon’s international sites and Web services such as S3, which many Web sites use for back-end functions like serving up large amounts of data, were not affected.

Outages among major Web companies like this are rare nowadays. Back in 1999, eBay went down for 22 hours, costing it millions in revenue.”

(Via nytimes )

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Amazon plans on-demand video

Electronista | Amazon plans on-demand video, world Kindle3BDCDDA4-F274-4321-BF4B-581C090B9585.jpgAmazon is about to launch an on-demand video service, the company’s chief Jeff Bezos said today at the Wall Street Journal’s D Conference. Expanding on the company’s existing Unbox download feature, the retailer will launch a paid streaming service “in the next few weeks,” according to the executive. No details beyond this early news are available, though the move would directly compete with a similar option from Netflix, whose Watch Instantly feature is largely web-based and requires a regular Netflix subscription of $9 or more.”

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Kindle Price Reduced – $359

Amazon Kindle Price Reduced to $359, Now Back In Stock [Kindle]

D616B07A-4A3D-43B4-BB52-372B1BB90416.jpgThe Kindle is back in stock and it’s now available for a reduced price, dropping from $399 to $359. Maybe that will help Amazon to achieve those crazy $750 million in sales by 2010. Amazon

(Via Gizmodo.)

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AmazonMP3 growth not effecting Apple’s iTunes

Analyst: AmazonMP3 growth not coming at Apple’s expense

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iTunes recently claimed the top spot in the music retailer market, beating out Wal-Mart. However, in February Amazon claimed the number two spot, just behind Apple in the number of a-la-carte music tracks downloaded by consumers in the U.S.

That’s not to say that Amazon is close to Apple in sales. According to NPD, iTunes digital music sales are still 10 times that of AmazonMP3 on a unit basis.

The research also showed that 64 percent of AmazonMP3 sales were to males compared to 44 percent for iTunes. AmazonMP3 showed unexpected strength among young adults (consumers aged 18 to 25), but only 3 percent of their customers were teens (age 13 to 17).

In contrast the iTunes Music store sold nearly a fifth (18 percent) of its music to teens. NPD also pointed out that iTunes has a strong franchise in gift cards used by teens and Amazon has a relatively small base of teen CD buyers.

“While it’s still very early in the game, there’s no evidence that Apple customers are deserting iTunes for a new alternative, either because of price or DRM restrictions,” said Russ Crupnick, entertainment industry analyst for NPD. “Amazon may simply be opening new markets from their existing consumer base and introductory promotions.”

(Via Macworld.)

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aGEEKspot.com weekly update 4.8.08


BREAKING NEWS – Today Apple is FINALLY shipping the long awaited Final Cut Server. It has been a year since it was announced and I, along with countless others, are excited to see it ship.

Wal-Mart Abandons Windows DRM, Sony/BMG and Warner – As Wal-Mart switches to the MP3 music format and redesigns its music store, it leaves behind Microsoft's digital rights management technology, which prevented the songs it sold from being played on iPods. The company has also ditched Sony/BMG and Warner Music Group, for now anyway, probably due to licensing squabbles about the terms of the transition to unprotected music. Is there anyone out there using Wal-Marts music store? What do you like or dislike about it?

WEEKLY NEWS
– Get all your news in one place. A new site called Alltop.com puts all your favorite web news sites on one page and lets you view the 5 latest stories. Alltop says, "sites are starting points — they are not destinations per se. The bottom line is that we are trying to enhance your online reading by both displaying stories from the sites that you’re already visiting and helping you discover sites that you didn’t know existed. In this way, our goal is the “cessation of Internet stagnation.” It's great to get a full view of your favorite info. Like, work, culture, people and of course geek news on one web page!

Amazon improves Latin Music Store – Amazon relaunched its Latin music store Friday, with video content from top artists, more bilingual product descriptions and a selection that's grown by at least 10% in less than a year. The online retailer will also shortly introduce blogs by Latin artists on their product pages, as well as partner with them for video debuts and possible event sponsorships, music category manager Craig Pape says. Check it out and let us know what you think!

RUMORS – The current MacBook and MacBook Pro designs will be retired and are expected to see “major design changes” in their next revision. The consumer MacBook line is expected to transition from plastic enclosures to aluminum and stainless steel, which are reportedly more “eco-friendly”.

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Amazon lets you shop via SMS with TextBuyit!

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Amazon lets you shop via SMS

What is Amazon TextBuyIt?
Amazon TextBuyIt is a service that enables consumers to find and buy products sold by Amazon using text messaging. The service lets you search for an item using keywords, such as those in an Amazon web search, get pricing and then buy an item from the search results. You can also order by texting specific information like ISBN or UPC barcode. Visit AmazonPayments.com to learn more about how to activate your mobile phone number. All of your purchases made with Amazon TextBuyIt can be found in the “Where’s My Stuff” section of the Amazon.com “Your Account” page.

What can I order on Amazon.com using Amazon TextBuyIt?
Any item sold by Amazon.com can be purchased through TextBuyIt. Items that are not in stock or unavailable for any other reason will not be included in your TextBuyIt search results.

Very interesting….

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