Seattle Office of Film + Music


APPLE AT WAR WITH AMAZON OVER MP3 “DAILY DEALS”
March 5, 2010, 1:15 pm
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Billboard
Since June of 2008, Amazon has been offering customers of its MP3 store a “Daily Deal,” selling a recent or classic album for a rock-bottom price. (Usually between $1.99 and $3.99) According to Billboard, Apple’s iTunes, the market leader in MP3 sales, is none too happy with the popularity of Amazon’s deals. So long as Amazon was taking the financial hit and using the deals to drive traffic to their site, no one fussed much. But last year Amazon starting working in concert with major labels to offer pre-street-date exclusives and to help raise opening week sales, and that’s left the people at Apple questioning the loyalty of those labels. “Amazon is fighting a guerrilla war against iTunes, and now iTunes is getting frustrated because they work hard to set up and promote a release weeks in advance of the street date,” a senior major-label distribution executive says, “And then lo and behold, Amazon jumps in there with this deal of the day and scrapes off some of the cream.” To read more about this issue, follow the above link.



AMAZON HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL BANDS IN THE BEST OF 2009 FEATURE
November 5, 2009, 11:57 am
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Sound on the SoundNightgowns
Amazon.com just released their annual best-of list and the Seattle based we-sell-everything-site gave a nod to a number of local bands, and we’re not just talking Death Cab For Cutie; we’re talking less nationally recognized local bands like The Maldives, The Nightgowns, D. Black, Grand Hallway and Throw Me The Statue. It was a surprise, albeit an incredibly pleasant one, to see so many familiar names on the lists. To see all the local bands that received honors, follow the above link.



BEZOS UNLEASHES KINDLE DX!
May 7, 2009, 10:45 am
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Seattle Weekly
The New York Times likes to call the Amazon founder and CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos in this report covering the new iteration of his Kindle version 2.0, the DX. Why not just the simple, casual Jeff we use here in the Northwest? Perhaps because the Times and a select few other papers have entered into an agreement described thusly: “Three newspapers, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, will offer a reduced price on the Kindle in exchange for a long-term subscription, but only for people who live in areas where their paper editions are not available. Amazon and the newspapers described it as a pilot program.”



AMAZON PLANS LARGE-SCREEN KINDLE TO REIGNITE NEWSPAPER BUSINESS
May 4, 2009, 11:56 am
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Information Week
Amazon.com could introduce this week a large-screen Kindle made for displaying newspapers and magazines, a move meant to help the publishing industry attract paying subscribers lured by free content on the Internet. The online retailer could introduce the device as early as this week, The New York Times reported, quoting people familiar with Amazon’s plans. Amazon has reportedly scheduled a Wednesday news conference in New York, but has not given a reason for the gathering.



AMAZON POSTS PROFIT GAINS AS OFFLINE RIVALS STRUGGLE
April 24, 2009, 10:26 am
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New York Times
Amazon.com has joined Apple among the ranks of technology firms that are still growing robustly despite a shrinking economy. Amazon, the online retailer based in Seattle, posted stronger-than-expected earnings during the slow winter months, attracting cost-conscious consumers with offers of free shipping and competitive prices for its wide variety of products. Amazon’s net profit rose 24 percent, to $177 million, or 41 cents a share, in the quarter ending March 31, up from $143 million, or 34 cents a share, in the same quarter a year earlier.



BUZZ GROWS OVER AMAZON’S PLANS TO STREAM HD TV SHOWS
March 25, 2009, 2:55 pm
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Tech Flash:
Amazon.com has been ramping up development of its streaming video business lately. Now speculation is growing that the company is about to roll out high-definition TV shows, with prices designed to compete with Apple’s iTunes store. Amazon plans to offer HD TV episodes for $2.99 a piece, the same price as HD shows on iTunes. Amazon’s announcement comes just days after Apple launched high-definition movies for rent and purchase on iTunes.



Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates Included on Rolling Stone’s ‘100 People Who Are Changing America’ List
March 19, 2009, 10:44 am
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26751233-26751234-lthumbnail1Rolling Stone:
WHAT HE’S CHANGING: After making Amazon the largest online retailer, Bezos has scared the crap out of the book industry with the Kindle 2 e-book reader, an effective updating of the tepidly reviewed Kindle. “Jeff is the fastest person I know to sense the hidden structure in anything going on around him,” says Stewart Brand.