Amazon (AMZN) is tired of seeing iPhone users go to the iTunes store to download their favorite songs and has decided to revamp its mobile music store specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. Amazon says the new MP3 store is built on HTML5, “which means customers can make purchases directly from the Amazon MP3 mobile website at www.amazon.com/mp3 on their iPhones and iPod touches” and will give iOS users access to Amazon’s 22 million song catalog. And of course, once you purchase a song from Amazon you can save it to your Cloud Player library so you can listen to it on any of your computers, smartphones or tablets.
The judge presiding over Apple’s (AAPL) trademark infringement lawsuit against Amazon (AMZN) has told both parties to resolve the issue prior to their scheduled court appearance set to take place later this year. Apple filed a complaint last year claiming that Amazon’s Appstore infringed upon on the company’s “App Store” trademark. Amazon the called the allegations baseless and argued that because the term is generic, Apple has no case. Earlier this month, the judge partially dismissed the case, ruling that Apple cannot bring a false advertising claim against Amazon. More →
Following the successful launch of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, Android vendors saw a beacon of hope in a market that had been dominated by Apple’s (AAPL) iPad since 2010. The Android tablet space has since become flooded with hundreds of products from a wide-range of companies, but there are only two companies that matter. More →
Amazon (AMZN) has spent the better part of 2012 beefing up its Prime Instant Video service. During the past year, the company brought the streaming service to the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and a number of gaming consoles such as the Wii U, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Amazon also announced new licensing deals with Warner Brothers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures and EPIX, among other, to help it further compete with Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu+. The company announced on Friday that it has come to an agreement with A&E Networks to bring popular shows such as Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and Dance Moms to the service. More →
Barnes & Noble (BKS) warned about the Christmas quarter a while back, so we knew things were heading south. Yet the numbers still have the power to shock. As a Nook owner, I am now starting to get that queasy Betamax feeling; Nook volumes actually declined year-on-year. The true horror here is that Nook revenues declined by more than 12% — a steeper slide than what B&N’s total sales showed. This means that combined digital content and Nook device sales are now shrinking faster than traditional hardcover and paperback sales. More →
Netbooks may be on the way out as companies like Acer and Asus cease production, but it is becoming increasingly clear that there is still a market for low-cost laptops in a world where tablets are taking over. Microsoft’s (MSFT) new Windows 8 operating system has been eating up most of the news cycle when it comes to notebook computers, but Google’s (GOOG) Chrome OS shouldn’t be counted out just yet. Online retail giant Amazon (AMZN) currently lists a Google-powered Chromebook built by Samsung (005930) as the best-selling laptop on its website. To make things even more interesting, Amazon’s own stock of the $250 Chromebook is sold out but it remains a top-seller even though it is now being sold at a 30% premium by other vendors through the Amazon website.
After hitting some early hurdles, Apple’s (AAPL) lawsuit filed against Amazon (AMZN) in 2012 over the use of the term “app store” has been dismissed. Apple had filed a complaint last year claiming that Amazon’s “Amazon Appstore” infringed on Apple’s trademark, but Amazon argued that the claim was baseless because “app store” is a generic term. In a terminal alert picked up by Business Insider, Bloomberg reports that a judge has now sided with Amazon on the matter and the case has been dismissed. More →
Record-breaking 17.4 million Android and iOS devices activated on Christmas Day; tablets top smartphones
More Android and iOS devices were activated on Christmas Day this year than on any other day. According to analytics firm Flurry, 17.4 million Android and iOS devices were activated during the holiday, an increase of 332% compared to an average of 4 million activations per day. This year’s numbers were found to be more than two and a half times larger than Christmas Day last year, which saw 6.8 million devices activated. Once their smartphones and tablets were turned on, consumers collectively downloaded 328 million applications. More →
Millions of men, woman and children awoke on December 25th to find a smartphone or tablet under their Christmas tree. After opening these gifts, users are typically quick to fire up their new devices and download the most popular apps. Keith Shepherd, founder of Imangi Studios, announced on Wednesday that the company’s Temple Run game saw unprecedented attention on Christmas Day. The executive revealed on his Twitter page that the Indiana Jones-esque ”runner” game was downloaded more than 1 million times on iOS, more than 1 million times on Android and over 500,000 times on Amazon’s Appstore during the 24-hour period. Earlier this year, Temple Run was the top free and top grossing app on Apple’s (AAPL) App Store with over 40 million downloads and 7 million daily active users.
Amazon’s (AMZN) first Kindle Fire took the holidays by storm last year. Following a white-hot debut, Amazon’s slate had reportedly taken 14% of the global tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2011 despite being available for only six weeks in the quarter. This holiday season was a different story though, as new entry-level tablets from Google (GOOG), Barnes & Noble (BKS) and Apple (AAPL) gave consumers a number of attractive options they didn’t have last year. More →
Amazon (AMZN) has reportedly contracted Foxconn to build its long-rumored “Kindle smartphone” according to the Taiwan Economic News. The news corroborates Digitimes’ report late last month that Foxconn will have the smartphones ready for a mid-2013 launch. The site claims Amazon has ordered 5 million smartphones with each unit said to cost between $100 to $200. Finally, the report states Foxconn will be working with touch panel makers J Touch and Young Fast Optoelectronics to receive supply parts for Amazon’s smartphones. J Touch Corp. recently revealed a 5-inch “WhiteMagic” touchscreen display that promises brighter images and longer battery life. An Amazon smartphone would presumably run on Android, as is the case with the Kindle Fire tablets.
The European Union accepted a settlement offer from Apple (AAPL) and four other book publishers on Thursday that will end an antitrust investigation over eBook price gouging. European regulators had alleged that Apple, along with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette Livre and Macmillan, were conspiring to fix eBook prices to prevent Amazon (AMZN) and other online bookstores from undercutting books in the iTunes library. Per the terms of the settlement, publishers have agreed that they will avoid limiting retailers’ pricing of eBooks for five years and will continue to allow retailers to discount eBook prices for two years. The publishers and Apple have also agreed to terminate all existing pricing agreement. More →
Amazon (AMZN) on Thursday updated its Instant Video streaming application to support both the iPhone and iPod touch. The app, which grants Amazon Prime members the ability to stream or download movies and TV episodes from their video library directly onto their devices, was previously only available for the iPad. Amazon Prime is available for $79 per year and offers customers free two-day shipping and access to more than 30,000 instantly accessible movies and TV episodes. More →