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T-Mobile G1 to carry Amazon media store?

updated 10:30 pm EDT, Mon September 22, 2008

T-Mobile Amazon Rumor

T-Mobile's first Android phone could have the surprise of a built-in music and video service on launch, if a tip sent to VentureBeat proves accurate. An example of the G1 was reportedly seen in San Francisco carrying an Amazon music and video store client that would give it access to both services, pitting the device against the music-only iTunes Store on iPhones. It's unclear whether the G1 would have access to the store over the cellular network or if it would share Apple's limitation to Wi-Fi networks.

Also unclear would be any content delivery mechanism for video. Although music would by necessity involve unprotected downloads from Amazon MP3, a video service that taps into Amazon's just-launched Video On Demand would either require direct streaming support, which could potentially be affected by transfer speeds, or else copy protection support for the downloadable versions of rentals and purchases.

An appearance by Amazon would effectively put the G1 and potentially other Android phones on par with much of the iPhone's default apps. Android's creator, Google, has already confirmed the existence of Android Market, its own download portal for third-party apps. The software is superficially similar to iTunes' App Store but will have fewer restrictions on incoming content in exchange for an initial focus only on free downloads.

T-Mobile unveils full details of the 3G, touchscreen G1 at a special New York City event on Tuesday morning and is believed to be launching the final product in mid-October.

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  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999


    it is NOT Apples...

    "limitation". It's a completely arbitrary limitation from AT&T and the big music companies.

    It's fairly hard to sell songs and ringtones for $2 dollars and up EACH on all other handsets for all carriers, when you can buy the exact same song for $0.99 only on the iPhone.

    Because AT&T doesn't get a cut of the $0.99 and the music companies don't get the extra raw profit for stupidly expensive songs and ringtones. And they would have to renegotiate with everyone else to lower the prices to $0.99. Especially since mobile music is the only place that the music companies get to sell their songs for WAY MORE than what they can via any other online store (and which is set by Apple).

    Even though you paid for a so-called "unlimited" data plan.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re; it is not Apples

    It's a completely arbitrary limitation from AT&T and the big music companies.

    No, its not the "big music companies" limitations. The music companies could give a rats a** if Apple sold songs over wifi, cell networks, dialup, or through bongo drums.

    As for it being "ATT's" issue, don't blame just ATT. Since apple doesn't allow this on any network, it apparently is a global problem with all their providers, not just ATT.

    Maybe if Apple just sold unlocked/untied phones, you wouldn't be stuck in a world of limitations such as these.

    And I don't know how you get off on a rant on ringtones, when its not even a mention in the article. Apparently you think the limitations being talked about is what you can charge for music you want to use where.

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