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Amazon recently lowered the price of several popular songs to .69, and it happens that these songs are still .29 on iTunes..
Computerworld's Ed Oswald writes, "It's not clear as to whether the price drop was a blessing from the music labels, or if Amazon has decided to take a profit hit in the name of gaining market share. It's no secret that some music industry execs would like to limit iTunes' clout in digital music, and may have given more favorable terms to competitors.
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These days, the .29 price point is reserved for special content (the Beatles catalog for example) or best-selling tracks from major artists. But with Amazon now apparently undercutting iTunes by nearly half, Apple may be forced to answer back."
Some of the songs at 69 cents are, Oswald notes:
Lady Gaga's hit "Born This Way" and "Judas," Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," Cee Lo Green's "Forget You," and The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling."
Check the list of .69 top songs at any time. There are currently 204 of them.
Some of them will of course also be found in the "Bestsellers in MP3" page, which has the "Top 100 Paid" songs alongside the "Top 100 Free songs."
Remember that the Kindle has a 'music' folder which allows the playing of mp3's (as background music while reading) over the not-very-loud Kindle speakers or via headphones. But these mp3's play only in the order they are placed on the Kindle (or randomly on the original 2007 Kindle), although a favorite or two can be put in the 'Audible' folder which allows them to be Selected -- but you can't read a Kindle book while listening when using the Audible folder.
See the earlier mp3's on Kindle section for more information on how the Kindle handles mp3's.
(The Kindle-edition of this blog can be searched for the words "mp3 files" because the 24 latest blog-articles are kept in each edition. You can just type "mp3 files" to search the Kindle blog for this when you have it open for reading.
Also, if you haven't read about the new Cloud Player, you might also want to check out the first blog article on Amazon's new Cloud storage and music-streaming feature, which provides all Amazon customers with 5 free gigs of storage per year. There is also a bonus upgrade available in most countries, to 20 free gigs total per year if you buy an mp3 album (there are 99 cent albums). However, that storage-upgrade isn't available in the 27 countries listed in the table at the bottom of that first blog article.
It'll be interesting to see how well Amazon's lower pricing works out. When I download an mp3, I can opt to put it into the iTunes library.
Reminder: Amazon is offering a gift certificate with a purchase of one 3G Kindle (limited to one per customer) until Mother's Day.
Kindle 3's (UK: Kindle 3's), K3 Special, 4 DX Graphite
Check often: Temporarily-free late-listed non-classics or recently published ones
Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources. Top 100 free bestsellers.
recently published non-classics, bestsellers, or £5 Max ones
Also, UK customers should see the UK
store's Top 100 free bestsellers.
According to The Bookseller the Kindle 3G was Amazon UK’s best selling product of the quarter.
As to books:
… five books featured in its top 10 bestsellers, but only one was physical and the other four were e-books. Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver was Amazon.co.uk’s third highest selling product for quarter one, with e-books The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris, The Basement by Stephen Leather, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and Leather’s Hard Landing holding the fourth, fifth, ninth and tenth spots in the bestsellers table.
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Its not a secret that Apple and Best Buy haven’t been going through the best of times of late, what with the allegation leveled against the latter about holding on to a stockpile of iPad 2 tablet PCs while telling consumers they have none. However, all of those have since then been dealt with and have been settled amicably. At least, that is what we are made to belief though here is further proof of normalcy setting in. The iPad 2 will be back at Best Buy and this is going to happen from today itself.
A screenshot of an internal Best Buy memo that have made it to the public domain via engadget reveals the iPad 2 will be making a comeback at Best Buy’s Sunday weekly circular. The leaked Best Buy memo also point out that the retail giant will also revert back to its reserve system which will come into effect from this Sunday itself. The reserve system entails prospective iPad 2 customers to buy a Best Buy Gift Card worth 0 which in turn will act as a surety of there being an iPad 2 tablet reserved against their name. So the next time the iPad 2 is in stock, the reserved candidates have priority over those who haven’t bought the Gift Card.
On the flip side though, stocks continue to be low and there is a degree of luck needed to insure you get your hands on the iPad 2.
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Best Buy will soon be able to boast of another tablet on its inventory list. This time its going to be the Android tablet from Toshiba which surprisingly is yet to be accorded an official name. Or perhaps Toshiba is liking it to be referred to as just that – Toshiba tablet.
In any case, the tablet from Toshiba isn’t breaking any new grounds in that the tablet will be another one running the Android Honeycomb operating system which is fast becoming common. This since the specs on board are pretty much the same. Like there is going to be the 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor beneath the 10.1 inch display that makes up the front of the tablet. The Toshiba tablet will have a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
The tablet will also come bundled with other features such as an HDMI port, a full size and a mini USB port, along with 2 mp and 5 mp camera at the front and rear of the tablet. A nice thing about the Toshiba tablet is that it will comes with a full sized SD card slot and a user replaceable battery while the added rubber padding along the rear of the tablet will make it easy to hold. The tablet though is able to connect to the internet via 802.11b/g/n WiFi only with no mention of 3G as of now.
There is also no news of when the tablet is going to be available or what it will cost when it does. That the tablet is only Wi-Fi enabled is perhaps the indication of the tablet to have an affordable price tag and won’t require one to break their bank to buy on of these Toshiba tablet.
In any case, it looks to be another nice Honeycomb option soon to come our way.
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- Honeycomb tablets from HTC, Toshiba, Dell and Acer coming in June
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