Amazon will give you a $1 credit towards an MP3 purchase if you “buy” a free app through their website between now and June 13th. Not a bad deal, here are the details:
- Purchase at least one qualifying free app offered in the Amazon.com Appstore for Android in the webstore or on an Android device. The apps that qualify are apps for Android offered in the Amazon.com Appstore for Android that display the offer message on their webstore product information pages. Qualifying apps will not display promotional messaging on their Android on-device product information pages.
- After completing your purchase, you will receive an e-mail indicating that a $1 credit for Amazon MP3 music downloads has been applied to your account automatically. The e-mail will also provide instructions on how to redeem your credit.
- Promotional offer limited to one promotional credit per customer.
- Promotional offer is valid from June 6, 2012, through June 13, 2012, and subject to change. You must redeem the credit by July 31, 2012.
If you’re already using Amazon’s Appstore this is a no-brainer. If you’re not, there’s no better time than now to check it out. Hit the link below to see which apps qualify and claim your free MP3!
Google Music is a great thing. You can upload 20,000 songs to the cloud and play it back on any Android device or through any browser. But if you prefer other music apps, like WinAmp or CyanogenMod’s Music Player, you’re out of luck. Until now.
Developer r2DoesInc has released Cloud Music Sniper, an app that makes your Google Music library available on any music app you want to use, even when you have no Wi-Fi or data connection. To do this, you will have to make your Google Music library available offline, launch the Cloud Music Sniper app, and follow the instructions.
For those of you who still refuse to use Google Music as your one stop place for streaming/purchasing/storing of your tunes, I guess Amazon MP3 would be your next best choice. The Amazon MP3 app has just received an needed update that brings a revamped, better looking UI, tablet optimization and a couple other minor adjustments. While I still feel that Google Music is much more appealing, this is definitely a step in the right direction.
The MP3 app and MP3 Store were updated to look more similar to that of the newly updated Amazon Appstore and the kindle application. The new look is now adorned with white text on a grey backdrop with orange highlights as to better match the other Amazon apps. It appears this was an attempt to appeal new Kindle Fire owners, and a way to tidy up shop. Although I am still a Google fan through and through, I must admit it looks seemingly better after the update. To check it out for yourself, hit up the market link below.
Hopping into the Android Market nowadays is a good bit different than it was when in it was in its early stages. Casting aside the massive UI changes that the Market has undertaken, the main difference is what’s available. Users are greeted no more by just apps installable on their Android devices, but also by movie rentals and downloadable books and periodicals. Google is striving to make their devices not just functional PDAs, but portable entertainment hubs, and it shows. Noticeably missing from this destiny of media kingship however is an integrated music store, and Google is apparently looking to change this.
Readers with long memories and keen eyes may remember similar Google cloud-based music store rumblings beginning around the end of last year, rumblings that ultimately ended in the culmination of Google Music Beta. Unfortunately, while Google Music Beta is a great experience, it’s less than the full service that Google had intended, and relies on users already having their own music at the ready. From what it seems, this was mostly due to negotiations with music labels falling through. In comparison, competitors Amazon and Apple offer seamless experiences in music storage and an easy place to get said music. Why are you going to download music from Amazon, then deal with the time-consuning process of uploading that music to Google, when you can just purchase the music from Amazon and listen to it on their servers directly without ever having to leave the app? According to several unnamed music executives, Google is still trying to get the store side of their music offering off the ground, and supposedly before Apple launches their new iTunes Match, set to debut at the end of October. While such a near date seems a bit too much to hope for, we can indeed hope. With the infrastructure for Google Music Beta already in place, a store added to the product would be a huge boon.
What do you guys think? If Google offered a store, would you use it, or would you stick to Amazon or less legal methods? Let us know in the comments!
[via new york times]
The Mobile Mix report for August 2011 was released over the weekend and awards Android the gold metal for 54% of overall impressions in a seemingly two-man race for traffic across the Millennial Media mobile advertising network. iOS nabs silver with 28%, RIM limps behind with 13% for the bronze and Microsoft seems to have hardly left the starting gate with their meager 1% share. Interestingly, this latest MM report combines both connected devices like MP3 players and tablets alongside smartphones for the first time. The result amounts to a very accurate glance at the OS impression share for devices the public are using right now.
Some more hightlights:
- 15 of the top 20 handsets are running Android; the highest ranking Android phone is the LG Optimus at #2 just behind the iPhone which ranks #1. The Blackberry Curve, Bold and Torch also found their place on a list dominated almost entirely by Android and iOS.
- Android impressions grew 48% from July ’11, Blackberry grew 10% and iOS stayed about the same.
- Smartphones account for 72% of all MM impressions; connected devices claim the other 28% split equally between the two.
- Games generate the most traffic of any other category of app (25%), a growth of 19% from July ’11.
- Music/Entertainment apps grew their share of traffic by 13% from July ’11, of which radio apps made up more than 50% of this category’s total impressions.
Hit the break for a link to download the entire Mobile Mix report.
It’s finally here folks! Spotify, Europe’s awesome music streaming service with over 15 million songs n their catalog has launched in the US and sign ups are available right now for the Unlimited $5 or Premium $10 memberships. If you decide you want to go with the the free service, you’ll only get in with an invite right now as the free service in the US is in beta stages.
Spotify will allow you to stream music to your smartphone or desktop, with on-demand access, offline mode and social media integration as well. See here why we think you should get Spotify, and head over to the source link to check them out and sign up.
Video and Presser below.
Pie charts: admit it, you love them. Especially when they pertain to Android statistics. What’s that? You don’t? Well then… why don’t you have a seat right over there…
But, enough shenanigans. According to the latest poll of Android devices from the Android Developers Site, Froyo is holding strong as king of the Android hill, showing up on a whopping 59.4% of all Google-loving devices; However, that number is actually down from the previous 64.6 percent for the last couple weeks in June. The version picking up slack? Gingerbread, of course! Our tasty baked treat comes in at 18.6%, double what it was in the previously mentioned time frame. Honeycomb comes in at 0.9%.
What do you think of these numbers? Be sure to let us know what you would like to see on the latest devices in the comments below.
[via Android Developers Site]
In the war of cloud services, Amazon is certainly leading the pack when it comes to storage , particularly with music storage. Sure we have Google Music coming to all soon, and Apple’s iCloud, as well as Spotify hitting the US soon, but Amazon has put themselves ahead of the game again by announcing that for a limited time, you can get unlimited storage for your music on Amazon Cloud Drive and play it anywhere with the Amazon loud Player for only $20 a year.
Songs purchased through Amazon will not count against the storage at all and you can load up .mp3 and .mp4 files. So if you’ve been waiting on which service to go for, this is as sweet a deal as anywhere, in fact, you wouldn’t even need to worry about buying extra MicroSD cards for your music now that it can all be loaded to Amazon. On top of all that, if you paid for more than the 20GB storage plan already prior to today, Amazon will pay you back the difference minus the $20 per year fee and grant you unlimited storage as well. Nice work!
Press Release below.
We got an email this morning about a new Android-based PMP, the first one running Android 2.1. Granted, it doesn’t look like it’s anywhere near stateside from the shots we’ve seen, but that doesn’t keep it from looking pretty awesome. According to the article sent to us, the Cowon D3 Plenue has:
- Android 2.1
- 800×480 3.7 inch AMOLED Display
- Bluetooth 2.1
- WLAN 802.11 b/g
- gravity sensor
- vibration feedback
- terrestrial DMB
- FM Radio
- Photo Album
- More applications
The D3 Plenue will come in black and purple, with capacities of 8, 16, and 32 GB, along with a MicroSD expansion slot to rock your tune capabilities even further. Be sure to hit the break for a full gallery of pics, and let us know what you think in the comments. Cheers, Erik!
Awhile back, we gave you a collection of Ringtones, SMS and notification sounds from the wildly popular game, “Angry Birds“. Well, it looks like everyone liked that, as it quickly became one of our most popular pages on TalkAndroid.com. Therefore, today, we bring you another installment of Android game sounds, this time from Fruit Ninja!
We compiled 6 mp3’s together of sounds from the popular game, including 3 slicing sounds, 2 combo sounds, and the “game over” sound. Wondering how to get them onto your device and use them? No worries… we’ve got that covered, too! Be sure to check out this tutorial on how to use mp3’s as SMS alerts, notification sounds and ringtones. Also, don’t forget to check out Fruit Ninja on TalkAndroid Apps. Be sure to hit the break to get the download link of the .zip file, and let us know what you think in the comments!