By Ryan Cole
- Amazon's aggressively selling its MP3 wares, offering many complete albums for $5 or less. It's not anywhere near the size of iTunes -- but Amazon is making inroads.
- Amazon is moving into the cloud -- offering all customers a couple gigabytes of free cloud storage, and free yearlong previews of larger cloud databases. If it hooks a number of people with larger cloud lockers, it may well become one of the premiere forces in Web 2.0 networks -- owning much of the virtual real estate where people store their personal songs, movies, pictures and documents. Already, it's a leader in this fledgling field. Now when you buy an album, you can just store it in the cloud, instead of worrying about downloads and syncs.
- The Amazon eBookstore is the largest of its kind -- and, thanks to the enormous popularity of the Kindle, its availability on other devices and generally cheaper price points, Amazon is likely to hold this title for a long time.