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Amazon MP3 Store optimized for iPhone, iPod touch

The Amazon MP3 store is now optimized for iPhone and iPod touch, allowing users to discover and buy digital music from Amazon’s 22-million song catalog using the Safari browser.

The Amazon MP3 mobile website for iPhone and iPod touches is built on HTML5, which means customers can make purchases directly from the Amazon MP3 mobile website www.amazon.com/mp3 on their iPhones and iPod touches.

Customers will also have access to Amazon features like personalized recommendations, best-seller lists and Amazon customer ratings.

Amazon customers to get free MP3 versions of music CDs

Amazon unveiled this week a new service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs they purchase from Amazon.

Through Amazon AutoRip, customers who buy music CDs will automatically get its free MP3 version made available through their Cloud Player libraries. The service is free of charge and available immediately for playback or download. There is no need for the CD to arrive.

Third party selling on Amazon grows more than 40pc during the holidays

2012 was a record-breaking holiday season for businesses selling on Amazon, with more than two million third-party sellers reporting record holiday growth.

Amazon said unit growth solely from sellers in the US increased more than 40 percent year-over-year. Sellers sold hundreds of millions of units worth tens of billions of dollars worldwide.

“We value the breadth and depth of selection that businesses selling on Amazon offer our more than 188 million active customers worldwide,” said Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace.

Move over Amazon – here comes a Chinese online juggernaut

Source: 
CNBC

Increasing internet subscribers and mobile phone users along with rising incomes and an influx of foreign consumer products into China have led to a rapid expansion of the e-commerce market, which was virtually non-existent half a decade ago.

Amazon launches app to sell e-books

Source: 
Shanghai Daily

Amazon has launched a free Kindle bookstore application to sell e-books on its Chinese website, a move widely seen as a prelude to Kindle tablets' entry into China, the world's biggest mobile device market.

Amazon, with its Kindle series of electronic ink screen and touch screen tablet computers, is the world's biggest online bookstore and e-book reader vendor.

But its Chinese website only sold real books and other goods without Kindle tablets and services though Amazon started China business a decade ago.

 

Is Amazon planning a smartphone?

Source: 
Bangkok Post

DigiTimes claims that Foxconn, the company that has become infamous for building Apple's iPhone and its subsequent quality control issues, has won the contract to produce smartphone handsets for Amazon which, a supply-chain source claims, will roll out on to the market for summer 2013.

As with Amazon's other forays into the hardware market, the initial product run will be limited, suggesting that, like with the Kindle, the phones will only be sold in the US to begin with.

 

Amazon introduces Japanese Kindle Store

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is coming to Japan, along with a brand new Kindle Store with the largest selection of books, Oricon best sellers in books, bunko, and manga, and over 50,000 Japanese-language titles.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO said that after 12 years of selling print books on Amazon.co.jp, the company is finally offering its digital stock to anyone in Japan with a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire, Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, or iPad.

HMV launches online marketplace

Source: 
Retail Week

HMV has launched an online marketplace selling third-party products as it looks to hit back at arch-rival Amazon.

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Amazon fashion: can it become the next net-a-porter?

Source: 
guardian.co.uk

The web giant is intent on muscling in on the online fashion business. And many feel that, once the kinks are ironed out, success is inevitable

For those who want books, electronics and beauty products quick as a flash, Amazon is a no-brainer for most consumers. If the web giant has its way, high fashion will soon be on that list too. Having hired Cathy Beaudoin, who previously set up Gap's Piperlime retail site, it is now gunning to become the next net-a-porter.

Will it work?  

Amazon opens portal for mobile app distribution in Japan

Amazon continues to expand internationally, invites developers around the world to start submitting apps for distribution in Japan later this year

Amazon.com Inc. is set to expand internationally and has invited developers to submit apps for distribution in Japan later this year.

Since the launch of Amazon’s US Appstore last year, millions of customers have been discovering and buying Android apps for their phones and tablets. The company’s merchandising, personalization and recommendation technologies have enabled developers to attract even more customers.

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