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Amazon launches MP3 store for iPhone, doesn't owe Apple a cent

January 17, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • A screenshot of the new Amazon MP3 Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch, taken on an iPhone 5.
A screenshot of the new Amazon MP3 Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch, taken… (Salvador Rodriguez / Los…)

Amazon.com has launched a mobile version of its MP3 store for the iPhone and iPod Touch, giving users a way to buy songs from the online retailer with their devices.

The new store is a Web app, meaning Apple device users can access it using the Safari browser.

By building a Web app rather than an app users have to download from the Apple App Store, Amazon doesn't have to give Apple the typical 30% cut developers pay the Cupertino company when someone buys their app or something within their app.

Now iPhone and iPod Touch users "can access Amazon’s huge catalog of music, features like personalized recommendations, deals like albums for $5, songs for $0.69, and they can buy their music once and use it everywhere,” said Steve Boom, vice president of Amazon Music, in a statement.

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The store, at amazon.com/mp3, has a catalog of 22 million songs, the company says.

Users who buy a song from the Amazon MP3 Store can play it immediately in the Amazon Cloud Player app.

Users can also add the song to their iTunes music library by accessing the Amazon Cloud Player using a computer. There, they can select the song they want and click "Download." Using the "Amazon MP3 Downloader," the song will download. Once that's done, users can simply drag the song to their iTunes library.

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