Five months after releasing its Cloud Player app for PCs, Amazon has gotten around to releasing a Cloud Player app for Macs. You can use it instead of bloated iTunes to play files stored locally on your Mac, and the app lets you stream music from the cloud and purchase music from Amazon.
After downloading and installing the app and logging into your account, you'll be greeted by the Cloud music view of the app, as opposed to the Computer view. You can toggle between the two views using the buttons in the upper-left corner. In the upper-right corner … Read more
Amazon's rumored foray into the living room is once again said to be delayed.
The company's set-top box, a much-rumored device designed to stream the company's music, movies, and game services, won't arrive until spring, says AllThingsD.
Citing industry sources, the blog says the device isn't quite ready, with Amazon being concerned with either how different the box is from existing set-top boxes or with its current technical performance.
News of the delay comes about a week after a similar report from The Verge.
Details about the device, which would both complement and compete with … Read more
Searching for a digital version of a print book you bought from Amazon? You may be able to find it at a low price, courtesy of a new Kindle program.
Launched on Tuesday, Kindle MatchBook lets you buy the Kindle version of certain print books you purchased new from Amazon. More than 70,000 books are now part of the program, with more being added on a daily basis, according to Amazon. Prices for the associated e-books range from free to $2.99.
Customers can pick up digital copies of books they've purchased since 1995, assuming the publisher has … Read more
Amazon may have the publishing industry in a bind, but it's not fairing so well when it comes to putting its own bestsellers on the shelves.
Larry Kirshbaum, the high-profile industry veteran who joined Amazon's publishing outfit in 2011 as editorial head of its New York and Seattle adult and children's imprints, is leaving the company early next year, as reported first by Shelf Awareness on Friday.
Shelf Awareness also claimed that Amazon Publishing will be scaling back its operations, and that members of its editorial staff have already been let go, though it declined to name … Read more
We all survived the latest Apple iPad announcement and waded through the analysis aftermath. The result is a new, lighter-weight iPad Air and a refreshed iPad Mini Retina that finally brings a higher-end display to the smaller device. But iPads aren't the only tablets in the world. The competitors have been hanging out, waiting for the next round of the battle to begin.… Read more
Amazon is selling more general merchandise thanks to the frequent deliveries made by its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service, the company said Thursday.
Amazon Chief Financial Officer Thomas Szkutak didn't give too many details during the company's third-quarter earnings call, but he did say Amazon was happy with AmazonFresh's latest entry into the Los Angeles market.
"It's very, very early in LA, but what we see so far we like. We're adding a lot of selection there on behalf of customers," he said during the company's quarterly earnings call.
When asked whether the … Read more
Amazon's Prime service garnered "millions" of new members in the latest quarter, and a top executive at the company said Prime Instant Video helped usher them in.
"We think it's certainly helping the Prime numbers, the Prime membership increases that you're seeing," Chief Financial Officer Thomas J. Szkutak, referring to Prime Instant Video, said Thursday during a conference call to discuss third-quarter earnings.
Amazon typically keeps its disclosures about its various services close to the vest, and it hasn't previously tipped its hand on how many subscribers Prime was attracting quarter to … Read more
Amazon just barely beat Wall Street's expectations Thursday when it reported a loss of $41 million, or 9 cents-per-share, in the third quarter and net sales of $17.09 billion. (see PDF below.)
Analysts were expecting a 9 cent-per-share loss on $16.76 billion in revenue for the quarter. The net sales figure is a 24 percent increase from last year.
The online retailer's stock hit $332.21 a share at the close of the market on Thursday, and the price went up more than 4 percent in after-hours trading immediately following its earnings report. Amazon is scheduled … Read more
Amazon's much-rumored set-top box may not arrive in consumers' hands until after the crucial holiday-shopping season, according to a new report.
The box, which is expected to stream Internet-based music, movies, and games into consumers' homes, has been delayed and may not arrive until next year, sources tell The Verge. Although Amazon had not revealed an intended release date or pricing, the box was reportedly considered a fall release.
CNET has contacted Amazon for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
The device, which could possibly be called Firetube, is expected to let users access Amazon'… Read more