The giant online book and music store seller, Amazon.com, released this week a way for iPhone and iPod touch users to use a mobile Safari web interface to browse and purchase MP3 songs and albums directly from its store, similar to how it’s done on the iTunes. iOS users will need to navigate to the MP3 store on their device using this URL: amazon.com/MP3. The URL can be saved as an “app” to the homepage of devices.
To avoid paying Apple the 30% fee on each store purchase, Amazon created a web link to its MP3 store instead of developing a native iOS app. Using AmazonMP3, customers can browse the store’s Bestsellers, New Releases, and Genres’ lists. The homepage of the 22-million song catalog also includes Editor’s Picks, Top New Albums, as well as the ability to do title and artists searches.
You can also use swipe through, select, and browse the Albums, Free Songs From Rising Stars, $5 This Week Only, Best Albums of 2012, and other categories at the top of the homepage.
As with the iTunes Music Store, Amazon customers can tap on individual songs and get a 30 second preview of each track; however, there is no Preview All feature for playing tracks consecutively.