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Amazon MP3 swallowing heavy loss-leaders in fight for iTunes market share

Amazon MP3 swallowing heavy loss-leaders in fight for iTunes market share

Amazon's MP3 download ambitions continue to fall short of Apple's iTunes behemoth, with even heavy discounts and loss-leading sales failing to claw away significantly at their rival's market lead. According to the latest stats from NPD Group, Amazon clinched just 13.3-percent of the paid digital download market in Q3 2010, a 2.3-percent rise over the previous year, while iTunes' share climbed three points to 66.2-percent. However, Amazon has been forced to stomach expensive loss-leaders in order to make that increase: while Apple negotiates wholesale prices to suit its download deals, insiders tell the WSJ, Amazon generally pays around $7-8 wholesale for music it offers at around the $3.99 price point.

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Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry released for OTA music downloads

Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry released for OTA music downloads

Amazon's MP3 download store has finally arrived on BlackBerry handsets, offering over 14m tracks to choose from, 30-second previews and social networking integration for sharing favorites via BBM, email, SMS, Socials Feeds, Facebook and Twitter. Available through BlackBerry App World as a free download, the MP3 store supports 3G/WiFi downloads and is integrated with RIM's Universal Search functionality.

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The New Dark Ages

The New Dark Ages

Sometimes I wonder if we're not entering a dark ages. With modern technology and storage techniques, I always assumed that our culture, our artwork, our philosophy would never disappear. It might go out of fashion, but future generations will always be able to turn on Ferris Bueller and say to themselves, "Okay, that's the 1980s. Now where's my Pearl Jam record? I want to experience the Nineties." Recently, I haven't been so sure.

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iRiver Aquabeat – underwater MP3 Player

iRiver Aquabeat – underwater MP3 Player

In Partnership with Speedo, iRiver created the LZR Racer Aquabeat – an MP3 player that operates underwater for up to 3-meter deep.

The player comes with 2GB of internal storage and supports MP3 and WMA file formats. Just like the shuffle, it does not feature any display; only basic controls such as play, stop, volume controls, and track controls. Battery life is said to last up to 9 hours. It is available in Japan for 12,800 yen (roughly $150)....

Tunelight MP3 Speaker System lets you groove at your desk

Tunelight MP3 Speaker System lets you groove at your desk

There are tons of iPod docks out there but this one certainly does make it easy to keep your accessories all in one place, especially on that one surface that's always likely to be cluttered: your desk. The Tunelight MP3 Speaker System is part music system, part organizational system, and we're okay with that.

This system features the key ingredients of a desk organizer. It has a task light and compartments to hold your belongings like paperclips and post-it notes. But besides these useful but mundane features, it also has an iPod dock and speakers built in.

It works with any MP3 player and makes it easy to listen to your music right at your desk. It connects by means of the headphone jack. So, this thing isn't really a dock, but it's a convenient music player, for sure. You can get the Tunelight MP3 Speaker System now in silver or black for $19.99.

[via Chip Chick]...

Free music downloads for Isle of Man with compulsory licence fee?

Free music downloads for Isle of Man with compulsory licence fee?

The government of the Isle of Man is considering a proposal that would see its roughly 80,000 residents free to download as much music as they wished, based on each person paying a compulsory music licence fee.  The suggestion was raised by Isle of Man minister Ron Berry at the MidemNet debate on Sunday, and received a mixed-response from ISP representatives present.

"At the end of the day, we’re not going to stop piracy.  Embrace it… Had the music industry embraced [the original Napster], we’d have a very different medium today" Ron Berry

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Make your belt buckle play MP3s

Make your belt buckle play MP3s

Why do we want to be able to play music from everything? From pillows and pants to personal massagers, we seem to have just about everything.  But what would all these devices be without a MP3 playing belt buckle? After all cowboys don’t have much to play with in terms of listening to music.

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