Amazon launches brilliant "WindowShop" website
The value of a great interface is underrated. Many online shops look more like a spreadsheet than a pleasurable retail experience (I’m looking at you, iTunes). That’s why I’m really excited by a new front-end Amazon has created for their site, called WindowShop…
Play.com joins 7digital in the DRM-free corner
Play.com has just become the second digital music retailer to join the DRM-free parade. The site, which previously sold CDs, DVDs and games, has added MP3s from Sony Music, Warner, and Universal. They join DRM-free tracks from EMI and a bunch of indie labels that were already on the site…
EMI launches download store of its very own
I’ve long been puzzled why each major label didn’t set up some sort of digital music store of its own on its own website, where people could get the latest songs, but that wonderment is a topic for another day. Major label EMI, home of Queen, the Beatles and Coldplay, are launching their own download store…
RUMOUR: Amazon MP3 on the gPhone
There’s a rumour floating around the interweb that Amazon’s MP3 store will be available on Google’s forthcoming mobile phone, which there’ll be an announcement on later today. If it’s true, it would be a powerful boot in the face to Apple, Nokia and Sony Ericsson, all of whom have either launched, or are preparing, mobile music stores.
Dell WANTS IN on the MP3 player and music retailing scene?
Box-shifter par excellence Dell is planning to enter the MP3 player market, according to a bit of sniffing around from the Wall Street Journal.
The WSJ reckons that Dell wants a bit of the lucrative music retailing pie as well, so is planning to launch what industry experts will be calling an “iTunes killer” alongside its alleged range of players…
UK supermarket giant Tesco announces Tesco Digital download store
When throwing a bag of carrots and some paper towels into you virtual shopping trolley at Tesco, you’ll also be able to chuck in a few MP3s from the likes of Kylie, Rihanna, and Pete. Doherty, that is, although I wouldn’t place him on top of the bananas in your trolley, you don’t want them to go off too quickly.
Launching in May, Tesco Digital will be selling music downloads, with TV, films and games offered in the near future. The albums and singles will be available…
Xbox 360 Marketplace Video Store arriving in the UK on December 11
A year after Xbox 360’s movie download service launched in America it’s finally coming to the UK – the HD download service launches here next week.
For 250 points you’ll be able to download standard definition movies, or 380 points (£3.20) will get you a full HD version.
The initial UK movie launch line-up is a bit, shall we say, eclectic, with quality stuff like 300 mixing with ancient movies like Superman III, Swordfish (will be good to see Halle Berry’s…
Goodbye Japan, hello Tottenham Court Road: Samsung opens first UK store in London
They may’ve ceased trading in Japan, but Samsung’s beefing up their UK presence, and have just opened their first high-street store here in London.
Up until now, they’ve only ever sold goods in other retailers, or online, but this just-opened store on Tottenham Court Road marks…
EMI to sell entire Radiohead back-catalogue on bear-shaped USB stick
So, hang on. Radiohead have seen out their contract with their label (Parlophone – part of EMI), and struck out on their own with the innovative digital release of new album ‘In Rainbows’. But now EMI’s launched a website called Radiohead Store, to sell special versions of the band’s seven albums from when they were under contract. Cheeky.
Amazon launches AmazonMP3 music downloads store… at last!
Phew. After several months worth of speculation, Amazon has finally cut the ribbon (or whatever the online equivalent is) on its music downloads store. It’s called AmazonMP3, it’s US-only for the moment, and it’s offering over two million DRM-free MP3 files for 89 or 99 cents apiece, with albums priced between $5.99 and $9.99.
Amazon has signed up two major labels for the store – EMI and Universal Music Group – plus thousands of indie labels. The songs are 256Kbps files, and will work on iPods, Zunes, mobile phones, PSPs and any other device you care to name.