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Amazon's Cloud Drive Ruffles Music Industry

Grab some popcorn and pull up a chair because this is gonna be good. Amazon just edged ever closer to world domination by offering a free cloud service that lets customers access their music from a range of devices. It's basically a huge eff-you to the record labels, with whom Amazon is still in negotiation over streaming rights. One anonymous executive put it to Reuters this way: "[It's] somew...

Amazon Cloud Player Streams Your Music Collection to Your Android Phone

We know that Google is planning a streaming music service for Android devices, and rumors of Apple offering a similar product have been circulating for years. Late last night, though, Amazon stole their thunder. With little to no fanfare, Amazon unveiled 'Amazon Cloud Player,' a service that comes bundled with 5GB of free Cloud Drive storage for uploading your music and other files, too. The ac...

Amazon Launches Appstore for Android, Apple Files Lawsuit

Amazon launched its own Android app store today, despite facing legal challenges from Apple. The Amazon Appstore will provide a new way for Android users to purchase apps for their mobile and tablet devices, while offering a few features unique to Amazon. Because the online retailer already enjoys a strong consumer base, Amazon will be able to integrate its own marketing and recommendation t...

U.K. Customers Are Getting Free Kindles. Will the U.S. Get Them, Too?

Two weeks ago, the Amazon announced that the Kindle would be sold in AT&T stores; it's already available at Best Buy, Staples and Target here in the U.S. Now the e-reader device will be popping up in Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse locations across the U.K. Both retailers will be offering the e-reader with an interesting twist: In addition to being able to purchase a Kindle at the regular p...

'Angry Birds Rio' to Launch on Amazon Appstore, for Android

Rovio, the game company that introduced us all to the joys of ornithological warfare, has announced that the upcoming 'Angry Birds Rio' will launch exclusively on the Amazon Appstore. The game, available for Android users, is designed as a companion to the animated movie 'Rio,' slated to hit theaters on April 15. Android gamers will also be able to download ad-free versions of the original 'Ang...

Amazon Shuts Down AmazonTote Pilot Program

Amazon has decided to shut down AmazonTote, a FreshDirect-like program that allowed Seattle customers to order certain products online, and have them delivered to their homes for free. Amazon announced the termination in a letter to its customers, noting that the service will come to an official close at 6:00 p.m. PST on March 3rd. The company was quick to point out, however, that users can still ...

Amazon Prime Now Offers Unlimited Streaming Video

Amazon has now opened its long-rumored, unlimited video-streaming service to paying Prime members. Anyone coughing up the $79 annual fee for Amazon Prime can now stream 5,000 movies and TV shows, either via the Amazon website or a Roku. The new service is a direct challenge to Netflix, the current king of subscription-based streaming video....

Lendle Lets Kindle Users Share E-books

Lendle, an e-book sharing site that launched this week, allows Amazon users to borrow and lend select Kindle e-books, of which 821 are currently available, for two-week periods. All you need is at least one of the free Kindle apps for Mac, PC, iOS or Android (or a Kindle, itself). Besides that, you'll need an Amazon account and a willingness to share with others. Just make sure you return the bor...

'Seed Drawings' Crowd-Source Project Evolves as Living Artwork

Writers and directors sometimes implore the public to submit brief, incremental elements in order to build a larger story or movie. Brooklyn artist Clement Valla recently embarked on a similar crowd-sourcing project, called 'Seed Drawings,' but her goal was to construct living, evolving artworks. Valla initially created artistic building blocks, and then asked the public -- via Amazon Mechanical ...

Amazon Continues to Rake in the Cash, Selling More E-Books than Paperbacks

Amazon's empire is continuing to grow, with the company reporting an increase in profits of eight-percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. That growth was a little slower than expected, but the really big news from Amazon's quarterly financial report is the fact that sales of Kindle e-books have surpassed that of paperbacks. It was only in July sales of e-books passed that of hardcovers -- making it...

Amazon to Enter the Web Grocery Market, Take on FreshDirect

Amazon has been selling groceries for some time [Ed. Note: Tuscan Whole Milk!], but the site has trafficked primarily in non-perishable items, and primarily in wholesale quantities, since shipping is still handled by the postal service and UPS. Last year, though, the company started a FreshDirect-style grocery delivery service in the U.K. and Germany. Over the summer, Amazon started testing the s...

Living Social/Amazon Deal Draws 1.3 Million Users (and $13 Million) in One Day

Groupon competitor Living Social made a splash yesterday when it offered a $20 Amazon gift card for $10 as its daily deal. According to Media Bistro, the site lured in over 1.3 million purchasers, bringing the site to an absolute crawl as they snatched up the deal. According to Business Insider, then, the venture made over $13 million in gross revenue for the day....

E-Books Outsell Printed Ones, To Nobody's Great Surprise

Ah, what unsurprising news a year can bring! Just as everyone predicted, e-books continued to nibble at the ankles of their printed forebears this holiday season, with between three and five million e-readers activated in the week after Christmas. Barnes and Noble claimed that it sold a million e-books on December 25th alone, while Amazon's been outselling print bestsellers with digital ones since...

Amazon Finally Lets You Lend Kindle E-Books

In October, Amazon announced that it would begin allowing Kindle owners to lend books to friends and family, so long as they use a Kindle (or the Kindle app), too. The company promised the feature would arrive before the end of the year and, while Amazon is cutting it pretty close with a December 30th launch date, it stayed true to its word. Users can now lend e-books for up to 14 days, although ...

Kindle 3 Now Amazon's Best Selling Product Ever

The Kindle is officially the iPod of the e-reader world. It has its own locked media ecosystem and offers a best-of-breed user experience. And, this holiday season, the Kindle 3 offically became the best selling product in Amazon history, beating former top seller 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.' Amazon also set a single-day sales record on Cyber Monday, with orders for 13.5 million items c...