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Old 04-06-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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NYT: Amazon Accelerates Its Move to Digital

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The Kindle electronic book reader, now four months old, is another primary cog in Amazon's digital strategy. Sales across the book publishing industry are flat; e-books represent one possible future. But the first priority for Amazon is actually getting the device into people’s hands. The company has experienced constant shortages since the Kindle went on sale in December.

"We obviously want to get it fully in stock as quickly as possible," said Mr. Freed, vice president in charge of the Kindle.

Mr. Freed said that the Kindle was first and foremost a reading device, but that it could also serve as a platform for at least some of Amazon's other digital offerings. The device can play MP3 files and audio books from Audible, the online audio book retailer that Amazon bought last month for $300 million.
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/07/te...l?pagewanted=1

Seems Kindle is here to stay for a while.
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:59 AM   #2
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My personal experience it that I have spent far more on MP3s from Amazon than ebooks but that could be because I have other low cost ebook sources. I also use Amazon's Unbox and find that instant download (gratification) for music, videos and books is a powerful lure.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:05 AM   #3
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I didn't know Amazon even sold MP3s! I don't think that Amazon UK do.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:47 AM   #4
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I didn't know Amazon even sold MP3s! I don't think that Amazon UK do.
i didn't know that either. i'm not sure if amazon france does.

@ Tallmomof2 : what is the "unbox" ?
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:04 AM   #5
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i didn't know that either. i'm not sure if amazon france does.

@ Tallmomof2 : what is the "unbox" ?
Video downloads. I watched an entire collection of the anime Bleach on unbox.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:55 AM   #6
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ha ok, thanks. didn't know that. clearly there is a lot more going on at amazon than i knew about.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:42 AM   #7
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ha ok, thanks. didn't know that. clearly there is a lot more going on at amazon than i knew about.
They also have a bunch of digital services like S3, Web Services, etc.

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Their mp3 selection is VERY good... just about the best. And prices cheaper than iTunes! I buy just about everything through there now.
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Old 04-07-2008, 03:20 PM   #9
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So if I am an indie band and want to sell my mp3s on Amazon, can I do so?
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:07 AM   #10
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hapax legomenon - I have no idea how the MP3s work on Amazon for indie bands but personally I think it would be really neat to be able to sample and purchase tracks that way. The prices at Amazon are great especially for 256 kps sample rates and the selection is ever expanding. The biggest factor for me is NO STINKING DRM. That's why I stay away from itunes, it's easier for me to buy the CD and rip than to have to convert itunes purchases.

Unbox is a lot of fun, it's easy to download. My only qualm is that you have to use a special Unbox viewer to watch. If Amazon stops supporting Unbox I bet that any purchased shows would be unwatchable. I've had some problems with rentals but Amazon has been quick to offer solutions or a refund. The downside to Unbox is that it's only available in the US and TV is pretty much limited to NBC/Universal.

Maybe Amazon is becoming the Borg.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:07 PM   #11
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Unbox is a lot of fun, it's easy to download. My only qualm is that you have to use a special Unbox viewer to watch.
Unless you have a TiVo, then you can download them right to your TiVo and watch them on the "big screen".

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Old 04-08-2008, 01:53 PM   #12
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Just checked, and you can't buy MP3's from Amazon if you live outside the US .
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Old 04-08-2008, 02:48 PM   #13
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Heck Harry, Warner and Sony/BMG aren't letting Wal-mart sell nonDRMed MP3s here in the US. IMO, the only reason Amazon can sell nonDRMed MP3s is because the music companies don't want to see itunes completely take over the market in the US

I'm not surprised that Amazon MP3 downloads are limited to the US.

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Just checked, and you can't buy MP3's from Amazon if you live outside the US .
There seems to be a pattern here which I have failed to either appreciate or understand. So, do people outside of the U.S. get to buy all of the usual non-digital things that we get to buy from places like Amazon (e.g., books, clothing, screwdrivers, small nuclear devices, etc.)? Seriously, are there other examples of this type of thing?
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There seems to be a pattern here which I have failed to either appreciate or understand. So, do people outside of the U.S. get to buy all of the usual non-digital things that we get to buy from places like Amazon (e.g., books, clothing, screwdrivers, small nuclear devices, etc.)? Seriously, are there other examples of this type of thing?
amazon won't let you buy any small nuclear devices from outside the US either !!! talk about the short end of the stick !!!

we do have amazon.fr but it definitely does not sell as many different things as amazon.com, and there are no digital downloads of any sort, as far as i know. we can also shop directly at amazon.com, however there are some restrictions.

however, i'm a bit worried about encouraging megalomaniacs too much and quite a few different points in the "amazon shopping experience" annoy me so i don't shop there very often. we do actually have other stores here which sell clothing and screwdrivers and such... we even have other stores which sell books !

do you really buy clothing and tools from amazon ? i really only think of them for media purchases. i didn't realize they had so many different categories.
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