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Amazon Appstore

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Yesterday Amazon launched their Appstore for Android. Without spending too much time on this, here’s the biggest thing that the Amazon Appstore has that I think have been sorely missing from the stores up until now: Sharing app links.

Seriously, why hasn’t anyone done this before now? Isn’t it a no-brainer that you’d want people to recommend apps to their friends? It’ll make you sell more apps, and it’s good for the user.

I’ve wished tons of times that Xbox Live made it easier to give my brother a link to buy the game I’m playing so we can play it together, but no such luck.

Well the Appstore finally adds this to Android. There’s a share link for every app that will let you send a link via text or email to a friend so they can get the same app. I do wish the link opened in the Appstore itself instead on the Web, but it’s still a huge feature that the other stores lack.

iTunes doesn’t sell music

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Kelly and I just drove past FYE and they’re running a sale where all CD’s are $9.99.

“About time,” I say, pointing the sign out to Kelly.  “They’re finally as cheap as iTunes.”

Kelly sees the sign and says, “$9.99?!  We should go in there.”

“Why?  It’s the same price as iTunes.”

“Yeah,” reveals my brilliant and beautiful wife, “but at least you own a CD, instead of iTunes just letting you borrow it.”

Dramatic?  Perhaps.  But think about what it really means for you to “buy” a song from iTunes.

When you buy a song on iTunes you can play it in iTunes or on your iPod.  You can’t play it on your Zune or Xbox or Nomad.  You can’t play it on your phone unless it’s an iPhone.  You can’t play it in WinAmp or Windows Media Player or any program on Linux.  Basically you can only use it where and how Apple Computer, Inc. says that you can use it.  You can use it only on their devices and software.

It isn’t your song.  It’s their song.  You didn’t buy it from them at all.  You just rented it.  If you’re really nice and do what you’re told they might let you use it sometime.

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