Amazon iPod this Summer


The WSJ has an article about Amazon entering the music player market, potentially as early as this summer:

Now Amazon, the world's No. 1 online retailer, is in advanced talks with the four global music companies about a digital-music service with a range of features designed to set it apart. Among them: Amazon-branded portable music players, designed and built for the retailer, and a subscription service that would deeply discount and preload those devices with songs, not unlike mobile phones that are included with subscription plans as part of the deal.

Seems like Amazon wants to use the physical products market segment as a loss leader which can extend their reach for advertising and brokering information access. Recently they also quietly announced a new contextual ad service.


They also own an ebook

They also own an ebook reader software/publishing format (Mobipocket) and a Print on Demand publisher. Amazon is quietly preparing itself to deliver all goods in a digital form and they don't want to rely on third parties for the technology.

loss liter?

Amazon plans on losing a liter of what, coke? pespi?

Must be some UK thing, in the US it's a loss leader ;)

as a hidden coke opperative

as a hidden coke opperative I must now confess my position then off you for reading it ;)

Sell Some Content

If Amazon could work out a way to sell songs, albums, videos and movies in digital format for you to download to player that really would be cool. As much as I like my IPod I hate having to use two formats and I really hate the ITunes interface.

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