Apple Finally Notices Amazon MP3 & Declares War - hypebot

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Tom Siegel

Seems to me that success vomes from the ability to be flexible. Cramming a square peg into a round hole has been a bad idea for a long time. Apple has done pretty well for itself because of their ability to flex. So who knows why they are whining here. Either they'll get over it or lose.

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Yannick, the GeneralEclectic

It's rather scary that the two main competitors in online music market share fight out their competition on the back of those that provide the product they sell. After all, the labels own the content, not iTunes or amazon. They are merely channels. That behaviour is what's tough when you have a monopolist in the business.

wallow-T

Ah, so people are finally noticing. :-) There is no significant music retailer left who depends on the health & survival of a recorded music business. Apple, Amazon, Wal-Mart and Best Buy would all do fine if the sale of recorded music declined to zero.

This is continuing the trend which began with the Big Box stores' loss leader offerings, selling CDs below wholesale. The labels tried to fight it with the Minimum Advertised Price policy, but that got slapped down as unlawful price fixing.

Perhaps the future of recorded music is either (1) patronage, or (2) loss leader to some other product like cell phones or ISP service.

Joe E

I loveeeeee amazonmp3. I get the daily deals most days...think they're a great business idea.

Joe E

...and actually, if anyone at amazonmp3 is reading this, I'd love to work there. I really appreciate their large-scale innovation. Quick customer service, high-fidelity files (that aren't held back by any limits like, cough...iTunes), and great daily/monthly deals incentivizing buying (which really just leads to more buying. I think much of the music I've bought there has been a product of seeing an artist on the daily deal and wanting to hear more).

Bingo Bob Bailey

For consumers, at least from my perspective, Amazon has been outplaying iTunes for a very long time now. I've actually been wondering when Apple would wake up and notice how well Amazon is doing with their MP3 download service -- free singles AND samplers (I've seen some of the same content for pay on iTunes), monthly $5 album selections, and yes, the deal of the day. I'm still a regular consumer of music thanks to Amazon's efforts, and actually look forward to stopping by when I have the chance to see what the daily featured offer is. When there's something I'm interested in for $1.99, of course I'll download it. But I also continue and pay regular price (which seems to be, on average, approx. $1 less than Apple) for other recordings that catch my attention. Now that Apple sort of realizes that it's losing/lost the business of myself and others, they seem to be behaving like Microsoft. [e-sigh] Nice job, folks...

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