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Are You a Fan of Amazon Cloud Player?

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Just after Lady Gaga made headlines by releasing her full album for less than a buck on Amazon’s new Cloud Player, a community member began to wonder if this service was something he should be using. He asked the question on our Q&A site, and the answers surprised me. Nearly everyone claimed they do not plan to use the new Cloud Player – unless some big changes are made.

Yes, I plan to use it. I have several GB worth of music stored in the Cloud Player. However, I listen to another service to listen to music. I pay to access music subscriptions through services such as Pandora and Rhapsody. I happen to feel it’s important to support artists by paying for what I listen to.

I prefer to consume my music without having to manage it locally. It’s just easier that way. I’d rather just subscribe to something instead of having to buy an album outright. I like being able to rent it indefinitely. I can listen to pretty much anything that might be available in those libraries at any given time.

The Amazon Cloud Player is good for remote storage. I plan to move all of my MP3s there, but I might hold on until they offer a bit more. I want the ability to tag my stuff and sort it in the way I want. Yes, I can dump it all in there and let it import, but it’s just not for me. Not even iTunes is for me. Heck, I’m not even happy with Google’s newest offering at this point.

What do you think? Are you a fan of services such as this? I gotta admit: if I have to choose, I’m going to go with subscription services… for audio and video. I love being able to listen to a huge variety of things without having to burn a disc.

I will use Amazon Cloud Storage – but it will never be my music home.

Give the Gift of a Kindle this Holiday

You can now send anyone on your holiday shopping list an eBook – even if they don’t own a Kindle device. You can give the gift of an eBook to anyone who has an email address. According to Amazon, the Kindle store is “the first major bookstore to offer eBook gifting.”

Kindle books can be given and received by anyone with an e-mail address. Kindle books can be read either on Kindle or on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android Phone using one our our free reading apps. Kindle books received as gifts can be exchanged for Amazon.com gift cards. All Kindle books available for purchase in the Amazon.com Kindle Store can be given as gifts.

Give the gift of literacy this holiday season.

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Amazon Plans to Open Android App Store

Amazon is planning to open an Android app store in the near future. With this move, they are pitting themselves against Apple and Google. “Google’s website has 80,000 apps and is the second largest after Apple’s App Store, which has 250,000 apps. But unlike Apple, Google doesn’t screen the submissions for quality or organize how they are promoted.”

According to documents seen by developers that have been approached thus far, Amazon plans to take 30% of the sale for each app, much like Google and Apple. There’s no word yet as to a name for the service, nor a launch date. One big advantage that Amazon has, though, is the fact that they already have an established payment history with millions of you out there.

Would you buy your apps from Amazon?

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Amazon Doesn't Only Do Media

You’ve long known that Amazon is the go-to place to purchase books, music and movies. According to their first-quarter earnings report, the company is selling more non-media items. You can buy everything from electronics to strange dog accessories on Amazon these days.

In the report, the company a 46 percent increase in revenues over last year and a 68 percent increase in profit. Worldwide media sales grew 26 percent to $3.43 billion. For the first time, that total is less than its worldwide sales of electronics and other general merchandise, which grew 72 percent to $3.51 billion. This is welcome news for the “media selling” giant. Media consumption is moving more towards subscription-based services and online content delivery methods every day. The market is unstable at best, so the folks at Amazon are likely heaving a sigh of relief at those numbers.

The FBI Wants to Know Where You are Online

An article posted yesterday on CNET has Internet users bashing the FBI up one side – and down the other. Many are screaming about “Big Brother”, and civil rights. Others are proclaiming that they are going to leave the Internet completely, which I honestly don’t see happening. Seriously, folks… you’d be able to totally give up your online life?

According to the article, the FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes. If logs of Web sites visited began to be kept, they would be available only to local, state, and federal police with legal authorization such as a subpoena or search warrant.

It’s unclear what, exactly, the FBI wants to keep track of. The possibilities include requiring an Internet provider to log the Internet protocol (IP) address of a Web site visited, a domain name, a host name, or an actual website URL. While the first three categories could be logged without doing deep packet inspection, the fourth category would require it. That could run up against opposition in Congress.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel the FBI has the right to require ISPs to keep such information? Also, do they have the right to OUR information in this manner? There are many excellent things being posted online, such as this story, on a daily basis – some of it right here in our own community!

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Angel Djambazov – Amazon, Affiliates & Taxes

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Born in Bulgaria, Angel Djambazov has spent his professional career in the fields of journalism and online marketing. In his journalistic career he worked as an editor on several newspapers and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Wyoming Homes and Living Magazine. Later his career path led to online marketing where while working at OnlineShoes he earned the Affiliate Manager of the Year award at the Affiliate Summit.

Currently Angel is the OPM for Jones Soda for which he won his second Affiliate Manger of the Year (2009) award at Affiliate Summit Angel also serves as OPM for Keen Footwear, Intelius, and Core Performance, has an advosiry role with PopShops.com which was awarded Best Affiliate Tool (2007 and 2008) award by ABestWeb, and is the Managing Editor for Revenews.com.

When the affiliate nexus tax, commonly known as the Amazon Tax, first appeared in New York last spring much of the marketing industry was caught off guard. Since then battles have been fought in eight states over similar legislation including a veto by Governator. We will go over how such legislation impacts you (whether or not you are affiliate or an Amazon associate); how big corporations like Amazon, Overstock and Google have reacted to such legislation; discuss similar types of legislation that may have an even more detrimental impact on ecommerce; and provide resources so you can stay informed.

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How To Search Amazon, YouTube, and Twitter in Windows 7

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RSS is powerful, for sure. I’ve been a fan of it since before it was supported natively within the web browser. I built a service called TagJag, where you can go to look for things you want to buy. It will generate RSS search feeds that you can subscribe to. Why would you want to do that? Let me explain, my dear Watson.

When you open the TagJag site, you will see a search box. Enter your search term in there. It can be as broad or as specific as you want. It depends on you, and if you know exactly what you’re looking for. Once you click the “Search” button, you’ll get a list of results from places like eBay and Amazon. You’ll even get a listing of related items.

Where the power of TagJag lies is within the little RSS feed icon. If you click it, it will take you to the full-on RSS feed for that search. If you subscribe to that feed with your reader, you’ll be notified every time something new is added to that particular search result feed.

The reason I’m showing you all of this is that I’m going to teach you how to integrate Amazon searches, eBay searches, YouTube searches and more all from within Windows 7. Let’s say you want to search for results in my blog. Now that I’ve installed a Search Connector (simple text file), I have an option in my search tree within my Windows 7 that says “Chris Pirillo”. I enter a word within the search bar, and bam… it searches my blog. RSS search is the gateway! I’m able to search for things on my blog without even having to go to my blog!

Remember that Amazon search feed I showed you earlier? After integrating it within a Search Connector file, I will just double-click to install it. Presto… it was added to my Windows search tree. Yeah, I can go to Amazon and search for things, or to my blog or YouTube. But why would I? This is so much easier, and faster.

Download the Search Connectors onto your install of Windows 7, and see how much simpler your life will be!

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Is the Amazon Kindle eBook Reader Worth It?

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Note: The Kindle is currently backordered 11 to 13 weeks at Amazon and there are no current coupons. We’ll keep an eye out for Kindle coupons in the new year, but your best bet to get one before then is to buy one on eBay

I’m not sure how many of you are into eBooks, but you may have heard of Amazon’s Kindle. It’s been out for quite awhile now. The Kindle is interesting, in that you can download over 200,000 books instantly including New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases for only $9.99. You can read RSS feeds with it, and access parts of the Internet with it. Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both “lefties” and “righties” can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.

The screen is good, for reading text. I have never really wanted Kindle, though. That’s not to say I wouldn’t want an eBook reader though. I’ve always been interested in having something to read with me anytime I’m traveling and such. I love having something like this in an offline capacity. I’ve never been really into reading electronic books. Even if I was, I don’t think I’d want a dedicated device for reading them. With a printed book, I can carry it with me. I can donate it to someone else. Heck, I can even just keep it on my bookshelf. The downside of a paper book would be not being able to search for words or phrases, but how often do I need to do that?

Ponzi purchased a Kindle without my even knowing it. She did that because I’m against the eBook thing for a variety of reasons, including the whole DRM thing. If I were to get into reading eBooks, I’d likely read them on my iPhone. It’s absolutely true that the screen and battery on the Kindle are better, yes. However, which am I more likely to carry with me wherever I go – the iPhone or the Kindle? Yeah, the iPhone is going to win that battle.

Another reason I don’t like the Kindle is due to a few engineering mistakes as I like to call them. The Kindle has a mini USB port – but it doesn’t charge this way. You have to charge it with an AC adaptor. Are you kidding me? If you ask me, that’s just crazy.

Ponzi loves her Kindle, that’s for sure. The reviews on Amazon are great… 4 stars out of more than 7000 reviews. She has proven my point though. Even though she loves the Kindle, she never takes it with her. She does, however, take her iPhone with her everywhere.

There’s a large debate as to whether eBooks are the wave of the future. I think I’d be a lot more interested in this idea if there were an open market for the content, or the ability to read the text wherever I may be – on any platform I should choose. That’s not possible at this moment, thanks to things like DRM.

Here are the most frequently tagged Kindle items on Amazon:


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How Do You Get Your Music into iTunes, Rhapsody or Amazon?

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Are you a singer or musician looking to record your work? You may have set up a MySpace page, but that won’t get you very far. You want to get yourself into iTunes, that’s all there is to it. How do you get into it though? If you need help with this, you make want to take a look at TuneCore.

TuneCore has arrangements with leading digital music retailers that let us place your music in their online stores and subscription services. You get 100% of the money that your music earns from digital distribution. Sign up now for digital distribution.

TuneCore charges $0.99 per track, $0.99 per store per album, and $19.98 per album per year storage and maintenance. Or, just put up one song as a single for a flat price of $9.99 per year, all stores included.

On average it takes about 4-6 weeks to go live on all stores. Some stores review faster than others with Amazon taking under a week, Napster and Emusic about a week or two, Rhapsody about 2-3 weeks and the same for GroupieTunes. So far we have been unable to determine the average time to go live in Lala.com and Shockhound as they are so new. Remember TuneCore does not have control over when your album goes live but these are averages based on long-term distribution relationships with each DSP (digital service provider).

Assuming the stuff you create is really, really good… you can make some serious bank this way. And of course, you could just get ‘discovered’ by a major label. If you’re looking to get your music out there digitally, this is probably your best bet.


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How Do You Buy Your Music Online?

There are a plethora of ways to purchase music these days, and many of those are found online. From iTunes to Rhapsody, more people are paying for and downloading their music right in their own homes. I personally don’t use iTunes. I’m more of a Rhapsody fan. I asked some others where they get their music from, and the answers were quite varied.

Uhm, online… – Mark VandenBerg

With a credit card. Kind of hard to use cash. – Glen Campbell

People buy music? Amazing. I must alert the press! – Outsanity

by directing with ecommerce buttons under youtube videos 😀 – Erhan Erdogan

Buy music? Why would I ever wanna do that? It’s like…free everywhere – Rahsheen™

Amazon MP3. And some of you are on a fast-track to hell. Or RIAA fan mail. 🙂 – Cyndy

Where and how do you purchase your music these days?