Amazon announced on Thursday that its Amazon MP3 store is now available for iOS users. The company isn’t providing an app, however, and instead has created a website that’s optimized for use with the iOS Safari browser. Any purchases are saved to a user’s Amazon Cloud Player account, instead of on the device directly, for playback on any other device.
“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,” Amazon Music vice president Steve Boom said. “For the first time ever, iOS users have a way do that – now they can access Amazon’s huge catalog of music, features like personalized recommendations, deals like albums for $5, songs for $0.69, and they can buy their music once and use it everywhere.”
Amazon’s cloud player is free for storing up to 250 songs, but anyone who needs to store more (up to 250,000 songs) can pay an annual fee of $24.99.
Amazon MP3 Store Now Optimized for iPhone and iPod touch: Amazon’s 22-Million Song Catalog Available to iPhone and iPod touch Users for the First Time
Buy once and enjoy everywhere!—All MP3s purchased from Amazon are stored for free in customers’ Cloud Player accounts and can be enjoyed on iPhones, iPads, iPods, Kindle Fire, Android phones tablets, Sonos, Roku, or any web browser
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 17, 2013– (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the launch of the Amazon MP3 store optimized specifically for iPhone and iPod touch. For the first time ever, iPhone and iPod touch users can discover and buy digital music from Amazon’s 22-million song catalog using the Safari browser. Customers also have access to favorite Amazon features like personalized recommendations, best-seller lists and Amazon customer ratings. Music purchases are automatically saved to customers’ Cloud Player libraries and can be downloaded or played instantly from any iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, Roku, Sonos home entertainment system, or any web browser, giving customers the freedom to enjoy more music, from more devices than any other major cloud music service.
“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, features like personalized recommendations, deals like albums for $5, songs for $0.69, and they can buy their music once and use it everywhere,” said Steve Boom, Vice President of Amazon Music.
Features of the Amazon MP3 store on the mobile web browser include:
Customers can begin shopping the Amazon MP3 store from their iPhone and iPod touch web browsers today at http://www.amazon.com/mp3.
About Amazon Cloud Player
Cloud Player is available in a Free tier and a Premium tier. Cloud Player Free customers can store all MP3 music purchased at Amazon, plus import up to 250 songs from their PC or Mac to Cloud Player, all at no charge. Cloud Player Premium customers can import and store up to 250,000 songs in Cloud Player for an annual fee of $24.99. Amazon-purchased MP3s (including all previous purchases) do not count against the 250 or 250,000-song limits and will be added to both Free and Premium Cloud Player libraries at no charge.
About Amazon MP3
The Amazon MP3 Store currently has a growing catalog of more than 22 million songs in the U.S. (more than 29 million worldwide) and offers everyday low prices on best-selling tracks and albums. All Amazon MP3s are DRM-free, work on virtually any device that plays MP3s, and can be played from Cloud Player on Kindle Fire, Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Sonos home entertainment system, or any web browser.
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