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Amazon start selling MP3s directly to iPhone, iPod touch users

In the bid to loosen the control of Apple on MP3 sales on its iPhone and iPod devices, Amazon has announced the launch of an HTML5-based Amazon MP3 store specifically for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The iPhone and iPod touch users will now be able to browse 22 million songs at http://www.amazon.com/mp3 using the Safari browser.

As expected, Amazon has stated that the purchases from this website will immediately reflect in Amazon’s Cloud Player iOS app, which can be used to stream or download them.

According to Amazon, this MP3 store brings the usual goodies like personalised recommendations, bestseller lists and Amazon ratings to your iPhone or iPod Touch.Amazon MP3 Store

“Since the launch of the Amazon Cloud Player app for iPhone and iPod touch, a top request from customers has been the ability to buy music from Amazon right from their devices. For the first time ever, iOS users have a way do that – now they can access Amazon’s huge catalog of music and they can buy their music once and use it everywhere,” said Steve Boom, Vice President of Amazon Music.

Why not an app like Amazon MP3 for Android?

Amazon is not bringing an app similar to Amazon MP3 to iOS because then it will have share 30 percent of its download revenue with Apple, thanks to iOS in-app purchasing guidelines. So, in order to circumvent that Amazon has started this web store.

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About Gaurav Shukla

Gaurav Shukla is the editor of Byte Gyan as well as popular Indian Android blog AndroidOS.in. A journalism post-grad from AJK MCRC, he has worked with organizations like Encyclopaedia Britannica, Info Edge, Free Press Journal, Webdunia & NDTV in the past.

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