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Amazon MP3 Hits Android In UK, Kindle Gets Apps

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Amazon MP3 Hits Android In UK, Kindle Gets Apps

Big day for Amazon...

First up is something we touched upon the other day: the Amazon MP3 store is now officially supported on Android handsets outside the US. This is a win-win situation for both Google and Amazon since the former finally gets a native mobile store to compete with iTunes globally and the latter opens up its service to a whole new market. Another bonus is Amazon tends to be one of the cheapest online stores around with many albums and tracks starting from just £3 and 29p respectively.

The Amazon MP3 store can be downloaded now for free from Android Marketplace - so no need to wait for new firmware.

Secondly, Amazon has taken a major step with the Kindle today announcing an SDK which will allow third party developers to bring apps to the platform for the first time. It will roll out in a limited beta from next month which includes sample code, documentation and a Kindle Simulator which can emulate both the 6in Kindle and larger 9.7in DX (pictured).

Interestingly, among the partners for the Kindle SDK is EA Games and while I'd never considered an eBook as a gaming platform it will be intriguing to see what it comes up with. "We've heard from lots of developers over the past two years who are excited to build on top of Kindle," said Amazon Kindle VP Ian Freed. "The Kindle Development Kit opens many possibilities--we look forward to being surprised by what developers invent."

Does this news excite developers or are you all sick of having yet another platform to try and port your applications to? Let us know...

Links:

Amazon MP3 Android App

Amazon Kindle SDK

rav

January 22, 2010, 5:11 am

Just trying it out now. Nice little app.





Wish they'd hurry up with an Actual Amazon.co.uk app too.

Tony Walker

January 22, 2010, 10:47 am

America never quite got the cheap home computer revolution that swept the UK and Europe during the 80's. Most of our software was cheap too, especially when the budget labels got going (hello to Codemasters who are still going).





Roll forward 25 years and the Septics are falling over themselves for cheap computing devices and their $0.99 apps. To be fair, the rest of the world seems up for the ride again and in my case, it's quite nostalgic.





BTW, why can't I buy Jet Set Willy for my iPhone?

Kevin

January 22, 2010, 4:01 pm

Just tried it - very nice! Note that it requires that you have turned on 1-click ordering on the site.

Matt G Baish

January 22, 2010, 4:38 pm

Hmmm - I can't seem to find it on the marketplace when searching for 'amazon mp3'.





Any clues?





Cheers

Kevin

January 22, 2010, 5:11 pm

Matt, I searched for 'amazon' only and the app itself is called 'Amazon MP3 (OS v1.5)'

Matt G Baish

January 22, 2010, 5:36 pm

nope can't find it (I had tried just amazon before but just tried both again for sanity check) - I get 5 results, none of which are by Amazon or have anything to do with MP3s. FYI I am in Swindon, UK & have a HTC Tattoo (1.6 Android) if either of those variables make any difference? (I wouldn't have thought it would - although I have read elsewhere that there is a 1.6 version that is not yet published & so maybe the 1.5 version is incompatible with my phone?)

Lee Marshall

January 22, 2010, 6:54 pm

Matt, it is probably because the Tattoo only has a 320x240 res screen.

Kevin

January 22, 2010, 8:53 pm

Matt, I'm using a HTC Hero (1.5 android) so maybe there is a different version.

Matt G Baish

January 22, 2010, 9:57 pm

@Lee Marshall Really?! If so then that is a crud app (or is that because 1.5 didn't support scaling down to that screen res?)! @Kevin Anyway, yes, I am placing my bets on the 1.6 Android version (which isn't yet available in the UK as far as I can tell from digging around) sorting it. Prays. :)

rav

January 23, 2010, 2:11 am

1.5 cannot scale apps for different resolutions and that's where the problem is. If it makes you feel better that mean it's won't even work on the Nexus.





It's a bit suspect anyway. I bought my first song no problem. Then I tried to buy another and it's been popping up error messages about my 1 click settings. Can't buy anything now.

Castalan

January 23, 2010, 8:58 pm

@ravmania





Works fine on the nexus - comes pre-installed ... loving .29 pence as the per price tack for current music

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