Amazon’s MP3 Store Rocks With The Cloud Player

Amazon Cloud PlayerSo I haven’t written on the blog for a while. Life’s been busy, to say the least. A few weeks ago Amazon released it’s CloudDrive and Cloud Music Player. And I have to say that I’m impressed, both by the technology, the ease of use, and the guts Amazon has to not ask for permission from the record labels.

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Apple Sues Amazon Over The Term “App Store”

Image Credit: BusinessInsider.com (Steve Job's looking argumentative, surprised?)

First off… ARE YOU KIDDING ME. Apple is apparently suing Amazon over the latter’s use of Appstore for its new Android application store. This is where copyright law has gone too far. The word “Appstore” store is synonymous with all apps for mobile devices. The fact that Google called their “App Store” a market doesn’t mean the word “App Store” should be copyrighted.

Apple is suing Amazon.com for trademark infringement and unfair competition over its use of the term “App Store.” The complaint, filed in US District Court for the Northern California District on Friday, asks that Amazon be ordered to stop using “Appstore” to refer to its Google Android Market alternative, set to launch Tuesday.

“Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile software developer program,” Apple wrote in its complaint. Amazon hinted at its intentions to launch its own service to sell apps for the Android platform, and in January of this year told developers to begin submitting apps for what it calls the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Apple since asked Amazon to stop calling its store an “Appstore” three times, according to the lawsuit. “We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet told Bloomberg News.

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Apple filed for a trademark on the term App Store in 2008, and after an initial rejection and an appeal by Apple, it was approved in early 2010. Microsoft filed an objection in July 2010 on the grounds that the term was too generic, and later asked the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to issue a summary judgment denying Apple’s trademark application.

(Source: Ars Technica – http://gmwd.us/8u)

Confusion? What confusion? I see people who have a iPhone, iPad, iPod knowing that they need to use iTunes to get their apps. If they go to the Amazon app store they will see that those programs are for Android not iOS.

Come on apple. Get off your high-horse and suck it up. There are more players in the game. Get over yourself. There is NO CONFUSION.

A2SM Podcast #37 – ‘Tis The Season For Social Media

The latest episode of the A2SM Podcast is out. In This episode, Seth, Jody and Neal discuss Facebook’s new “Email” system, Social Media’s impact on retail this holiday season, Amazon goes to Hollywood, Twitter gets Analytics and, of course, this weeks pics.

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