MySpace’s entry into the streaming music space called MySpace Music has launched.
Using the service you’ll be able to listen to music from many recording artists and if you want to buy one you’ll be sent over to Amazon to purchase it from their DRM-free MP3 store (lately the only place I’ve been buying music).
Some early complains seem to revolve around an initial lack of content but I’d imagine that’s something MySpace will be working on in the near future.
Unlike other streaming music services like Napster, MySpace Music is ad-supported so there is no monthly fee for the service.
For more info check it out here.
Anyone hoping to get their hands on the next Amazon Kindle e-book reader this holiday season will be disappointed.
According to Amazon’s Craig Berman, “there’s a lot of rumor and speculation about the Kindle. One thing I can tell you for sure is that there will be no new version of the Kindle this year. A new version is possible sometime next year at the earliest.”
Well, that settles that. Probably. It could also be that Amazon doesn’t want it known that a new version is in fact coming this year, which would cause sales of the current Kindle to slow.
You might recall back in April that Apple’s iTunes online store for the first time surpassed Wal-Mart as the number one music retailer in the US. They had the lead, but could they keep it? Looks like the answer is yes.
NDP Group has released the sales numbers for the first half of 2008 and the rankings are:
- Wal-Mart (Walmart, Walmart.com, Walmart Music Downloads)
- Best Buy (Best Buy, Bestbuy.com, Best Buy Digital Music Store)
- Amazon (Amazon.com, AmazonMP3.com)
- Target (Target and Target.com)
Amazon is an interesting story. In April they were in fifth place but they’ve come on strong thanks to their DRM-free MP3 store and moved into fourth position.
Will they crack the top three by Christmas? They’re definitely building momentum…
[Via Mac Rumors]
The updated Microsoft Xbox 360 console announced before E3 with the 60GB hard drive has been sneaking out at a few retailers and now Amazon has joined the party and also has it for sale now.
$349.99 will get you a shiny new…well, matte white, actually…Xbox 360 console with a 60GB hard drive and one wireless controller.
Just checked and Amazon still shows that it’s in stock so check it out here if you’re interested.
The New York Times is reporting that Amazon will be launching a new streaming video store today called Amazon Video on Demand.
The store will over roughly 40,000 movies and TV shows that can be downloaded and played from your computer.
Amazon vice president for digital media Bill Carr says “for the first time, this is drop dead simple…our goal is to create an immersive experience where people can’t help but get caught up in how exciting it is to simply watch a movie right from Amazon.com with a click of the button.”
If you own a Sony Bravia HD television you’ll be able to stream the video content directly to your television via a $299.99 add-on called the Sony Bravia Internet Video Link, while future Bravia sets may have this ability built right in. With no plans to limit this ability to just Sony televisions, Carr says that Amazon is in talks with makers of other TV’s and Internet devices., saying their “goal is to continue to establish partnerships with all companies who have a connected device.”
This is different from Amazon’s Unbox video service which was download-only (no streaming) and required customers to download special software to watch the videos.
UPDATE: Looks like Mac users won’t have a problem playing the new content–it’s streamed via the Flash 9, so even Linux users will be able to access it. (Thanks for the info TUAW!)
UPDATE 2: Looks like the service is open, but only for a limited number of users at this point–it’s in beta. They have a lot of testers already but to see if you can get an invite down the road, join their beta mailing list here.
Canon’s relatively inexpensive DSLR, the Rebel XS, is now available for pre-order from Amazon for $699.99 with an expected release date sometime in August.
For that price you’ll get the camera body as well as a a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.
Features of the XS will include:
- 10.1 megapixel sensor
- DIGIC III image processor
- Live View mode
- 3fps shooting
- 2.5-inch LCD
- Self-cleaning sensor
- 7-point AF system with center cross-type sensors
As I said before, it’s a really solid camera for someone contemplating making the leap from point-and-shoot to DSLR.
For more info about the XS check out the official product page here.
[Via Photography Bay]
According to some inside information, two new Amazon Kindle e-book readers are coming as soon as October.
One of the new Kindle’s will reportedly feature:
- Same size screen as the first Kindle (6-inch grayscale display with 600 x 800 resolution and 167 ppi)
- Smaller form factor than current model
- Improved interface over current model
The new Kindle will reportedly look a lot sleeker, with the source saying that Amazon has “skipped three or four generations” with the new look.
The second new Kindle, not expected to be out until next year, will be shaped more like an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and will be noticeably larger than the current model.
Both models will be available in multiple colors and be aimed at younger readers.
The same day Microsoft made the updated Xbox 360 Pro with a 60GB hard drive official, Amazon has gone ahead and posted it and is taking pre-orders.
The 60GB Xbox 360 will set you back $349.99 (the same price the Pro with a 20GB hard drive sold for before today’s $50 price cut) and it is scheduled to be released on August 4th.
For more information or to place a pre-order check out the Amazon page here.
More good news for the Amazon Kindle ebook reader: Princeton University is preparing to publish electronic textbooks designed for the Kindle.
In addition to being able to carry around 200 or so books/textbooks, students using the Kindle version of textbooks will also be able to search the books for words as well as highlight important text and even add their own notes.
Princeton plans to publish hundreds of textbooks for the Kindle and make them available from the Kindle’s online store. They won’t be priced much cheaper than their hardcopy counterparts, but for the convenience of having an electronic, searchable version of textbooks that don’t throw out your back when you pick up a bag full of them it’s worth it.
For more info about the Kindle check out the official product page here.
Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader is back in stock and looks like it got a price drop too.
Previously the Kindle would have set you back $399 but now the price is down roughly 10% to $359.
For more info check out the product page here if you’re interested.