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Amazon confirms T-Mobile G1 music store

updated 10:20 am EDT, Tue September 23, 2008

Amazon T-Mo G1 Music Store

Amazon today preceded the launch of the T-Mobile G1 by announcing its rumored online music store for the new Android phone, putting the device in close competition with the iPhone. The service gives owners of T-Mobile's imminent smartphone access to the full, unprotected MP3 catalog of Amazon's store and thus lets customers copy tracks back to a computer or another device, including iPods, Macs and Zunes.

Like Apple's iTunes access on the iPhone, however, policy decisions will limit where users can use Amazon's store. Although songs and albums will still cost as little as 89 cents and $6 respectively, only basic browsing and samples will be accessible from the cellular network. Downloads of full albums and individual songs will be limited to Wi-Fi to avoid affecting bandwidth costs.

The software will be preloaded on G1s when it ships, which is expected later this month. No mention has been made of a claimed Amazon video store for the G1; the now discredited launch of such a service would have been complicated by the absence of support for copy protected music as well as the necessity for either a Flash plugin or a dedicated client.

In addition to Amazon's new store, the G1 and other Android phones are expected to compete against the iPhone through the existence of Android Market, a central store for downloadable apps that will focus on free software and carry less restrictions than Apple's App Store.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    awesome feature

    This is a pretty awesome feature, to be able to buy and download MP3s over the cell network, and then transfer them to your computer. I'm afraid they've got Apple beat in this regard, and until Apple pulls their head out of their a** and starts allowing services that compete with their own on the iPhone, they will be at a disadvantage to their competitors who don't have such hang-ups. In the end, the open platform will win out, and unless Apple feels which way the wind is blowing, no amount of polish will be able to overcome the pressure to cede to user demand rather than internal corporate strategy. If Apple doesn't want a repeat of the Macintosh/PC battle, they will have little choice but to remove their restrictions on their users.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    you can't buy via cell

    network. Maybe technically you made the purchase, but you can't actually get your purchase until you go to a WiFi network [effectively making it the same as what AT&T has permitted Apple to do]. And it ISN'T about bandwidth. Loading a graphics-heavy page can easily be larger than a song file.

    This is ALL about revenue...for the carrier. The carrier has it's own music store, which it sells songs for MORE THAN $2/song (and you can download directly to the handset).

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Woops, missed the part about this being WiFi-only. I guess there's no real advantage here whatsoever, and Guest is correct to lay the blame at the feet of the carriers. But still, RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!

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