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Mix: Amazon, Podcasting woes, My shuffle, Human rights

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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, August 5, 2005
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Amazon.com is apparently preparing an online music store, according to a job listing for a “content acquisition manager” for the company’s “forthcoming digital music service.”

USA Today’s Michelle Kessle has written a piece on podcasters running into music licensing problems over fears of piracy from record companies.

Chicago’s WKQX (Q101) has announced “My Shuffle” weekends—the radio station’s “answer to an all-request weekend in the iPod Age.” Listeners will be able to create playlists online from the Q101 music library and submit their selections.

A version of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights has been posted online for download in iPod note format.

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1

i was seriously thinking just 2 days ago:

“isn’t it odd amazon doesn’t have a download service?”

it seems like a no brainer - and they have the muscle to make it succeed. plus it would be very easy to integrate into their pre-existing site.

i could see amazon being serious competition for apple.

Posted by Travis on August 5, 2005 at 8:40 AM (PDT)

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“i could see amazon being serious competition for apple.”

How?  The iPod insinuates itself deeper into the public consciousness with every passing day.

Besides, that’s what’s been said about every other wannabe to come down the pike.

Posted by The Raven on August 5, 2005 at 9:26 AM (PDT)

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Amazon has a customer base that Apple can only DREAM about.  *IF* they did it right and pushed hardware that had deep discounts, they could make a big splash.

Now…will they do it right?  Doubt it.  smile

Posted by stark23x on August 5, 2005 at 11:14 AM (PDT)

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well amazon is the biggest online retailer. they have a huge customer base.

now imagine a customer who uses amazon to buy cds - they go to the site and see that they have the option to download the cd right away. there’s a huge chance that they will opt for that. this is the type of customer who isn’t going to go to itunes first. amazon has a customer base that apple doesn’t have - and will never have.

amazon has the front end of the store already up and running - they just have to include download links. the overhead is minimal for amazon.

amazon has suceeded in every market they’ve entered. so i would be surprised if they weren’t quickly #2 in music download services.

competition is good. apple should welcome it. it means theres a market for it. and it pushes innovation. i welcome amazon. will i use them? probably not. but good for them… i wish them the best.

Posted by Travis on August 5, 2005 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

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