Amazon is trying to target Apple iTunes with cheaper pricing. The company is offering a discounted pricing on some of the popular songs on the charts today.
Apple usually charges a premium for the hot songs that were recently released. The different is pretty significant.
Some of the songs included in the program cost as high as USD 1.29 on Apple iTunes. You pay 69 cents for the same on Amazon MP3.
Apple of course is the market leader in the digital music market and they have a huge customer base. But a smart one would check the prices on both the stores (and probably more) before purchasing the song he wants!
Amazon said to be in talks with music labels for their Cloud Player platform
Amazon recently surprised everyone with the launch of their cloud based music streaming platform named Amazon Cloud Player.
The company confirmed that they have no special deals in place with the music labels for this service. Amazon defended the platform by claiming that by offering storage space to consumers who own their music, they are not breaking any laws.
Music labels are of course not impressed. Sony has already stated that they are looking at the legal options.
Industry analysts believe that Amazon would gain from such deals as they would no longer have to store multiple copies of the same song for different users. They would be able to just accept playlists from the users and stream the music from a centralized source.
Currently, users are told to upload their copies of the music files to the service for streaming on mobile devices and computers.
Amazon probably has no licensing deals for their Cloud Player!
Amazon has stated that they do not need to sign any licensing deals for their just launched Cloud Player platform.
The company is offering free as well as paid storage to web users who want to store their music in the cloud for streaming anywhere.
It supports desktop web browsers in addition to Google Android devices.
Amazon said: “Cloud Player is an application that lets customers manage and play their own music. It’s like any number of existing media management applications. We do not need a license to make Cloud Player available.”
Music labels have hinted that they are not very happy with this move and they might take legal action to force Amazon into signing a deal to provide such a platform to web users.
Interestingly, both Google and Apple are said to be in talks with music labels to launch similar web based music streaming platforms.
Industry sources report that Apple has been working with media companies to upgrade the quality of music they sell through the iTunes store.
The company wants to sell music in higher quality (24-bit). The songs files made available to customers currently is in 16-bit format.
This is not as easy as it sounds. Most computers are capable of supporting these high quality files. But a lot of portable media players and mobile phones are not…
Apple would probably add on the support for these improved formats in the near future. Remains to be seen how the competition reacts. If the music files purchased from iTunes are not compatible with non-Apple devices, it is likely to cause a major issue for the end user.
Canonical has collaborated with 7digital to launch this digital media store.
The music store can be accessed from Rythmbox and it is integrated with Ubuntu One cloud storage that is provided for free to all Ubuntu users.
The service offers access to millions of songs that can be previewed and purchased using a credit card or PayPal.
The songs are then downloaded to the user’s Ubuntu One account. Canonical has not revealed the financial aspects of their deal with 7digital but it is likely to be beneficial to them. And the users of course!
One funny thing though. The music is offered in MP3 format (DRM free thankfully). Ubuntu does not support the MP3 format out of the box due to licensing issues. Users are however asked to install the required plug-ins as soon as they try to run a mp3 file.