|(AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE)
A new version of the Amazon's MP3 store, launched Thursday in the US, is optimized for iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
It means that iDevice users can purchase, download and listen to music from Amazon as long as they access the store via the Safari browser on their handsets. The purchased track appears automatically in the Amazon Cloud Player app for those devices.
"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.
While the annoucement is potentially good news for US iPhone and iPod owners who want to shop around for the best price when it comes to digital music, the move could be more bad news for Apple, which is slowly seeing the dominance of its iTunes Store and software fading as Amazon aggressively markets itself to the iOS community.
In recent months, Amazon has launched a Kindle e-book reader app for the iPhone and iPad and launched an iOS version of its Cloud Player app, and earlier this month it announced AutoRip -- a service that automatically gives CD shoppers on its site an immediate free digital copy of the album they purchase.