Your music everywhere. That’s the focus at Amazon Digital Music these days. Much like the “TV Everywhere” concept being pushed by cable and satellite services, “your music everywhere” is what Amazon is hoping will resonate with its customer base, which straddles both the digital and physical music markets. As consumers move to digital, Amazon is trying to ease their transition, and the company has resisted the urge to double-dip into customers’ pockets by not making them repurchase already-owned music, potentially in favor of luring them with subscriptions.
“The ‘your’ in ‘your music everywhere’ is important,” said Steve Boom, vice president of Worldwide Digital Music at Amazon, in a sit-down with L.A. Biz. The “your” emphasizes the ownership aspect of the music, which Boom noted is an important distinction given the increase in streaming services like Pandora and Spotify.
Boom is currently overseeing Amazon’s digital music group, which includes Amazon MP3 and Amazon Cloud Player. He has more than 15 years of experience in building global businesses and teams with a background in product management, engineering, sales, business development, marketing and operations. He was previously a senior vice president at Yahoo!, spending more than 10 years overseeing the company’s mobile business on a global scale.
The Verge recently reported that Amazon is in talks with record labels for a subscription service, but no formal announcement has been made. While all the heat has been on digital, Amazon still does a robust business selling CDs. Its largest markets are the U.S., Japan, U.K., France, Germany, Spain and Italy, and a full 70 percent-80 percent of the market in Japan and Germany is still in physical music sales.
GarageBand, the popular music-making application for the Mac desktop operating system and the iPad, is now available for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, Apple has announced.
GarageBand, which was released along with iMovie for the iPad in March of this year, has been scaled down in size to fit the smaller screens of the iPhone and iPod Touch and is selling for $4.99 in the App Store.
According to TechCrunch, Apple concurrently let out Version 1.1 of GarageBand for iPad, with features that will be available across all iOS devices, including custom chords for Smart Instruments and new time signatures like 3/4 and 6/8.
It’s early, but the first reviews are already out from Wired and MacWorld. Both had good things to say about the mini-GarageBand, with Wired calling it “a welcome addition to any mildly creative person’s iPhone or iPod touch.”
The GarageBand app is available here for download for iPhone 3GS and up, iPod Touch and the iPad in the App Store.
Check out screenshots of the scaled-down GarageBand app for iPhone (below).
Article originally appeared on The Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com) and was written by Jason Gilbert.
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