No matter how much chatter surrounds the rumored Android-based Amazon tablet, the company won't reveal any details. But according to Retrevo, Amazon leads the pack among manufacturers, excluding Apple, from whom potential customers would "seriously consider buying a tablet." And which tablet feature matters to consumers most? The price.Continue
New rules governing how iOS apps handle in-app purchases went into effect on June 30, and the date passed without much fanfare and seemingly without much compliance from many apps that continued to offer content for sale. These apps included e-reader apps with links to their associated online bookstores, as well as a variety of others that offered users the ability to subscribe or make purchases. Continue
After two years of waiting, the U.S. market finally gets a chance to try out Spotify, the music-streaming service that's now wildly popular Europe. But why is there so much hype around Spotify, you may wonder? Don't we already have plenty of music streaming services here, like Pandora, Last.fm, Slacker Radio, MOG and Rdio, for example?
Sure we do. But we've never had anything like Spotify before.
In April, the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) warned its members to stay away from the Amazon Appstore because of "significant concerns" it had about the pricing, terms and policies Amazon had in place. And this week, the Appstore was once again in the news after an independent game developer called the store a "disaster" in a scathing blog post filled with complaints.Continue
Facebook is preparing partnerships with several online music services including Spotify that will be hosted in a music dashboard, GigaOm reports. Users will be able to stream music, see what their friends are listening to, and share their own favorites — a realization of a long-time dream within the company to make music a core part of the site.Continue
Having recently opened an App Store for Android to compete with Google's App Marketplace, Amazon is now taking on Apple with a launch today of a Mac Download Store. Amazon says that the store currently contains about 250 software and game titles. Continue