A Look At Amazon's 70,000 New Artist Stores

SEATTLE (Hypebot) – Amazon.com yesterday launched 70,000 Amazon Artist Stores
that place biographical information alongside music and related material like books, posters and t-shirts. The inclusion of physical goods could prove a major point of differentiation for Amazon with other online music stores lacking warehouse operations and unable to match the broad a merchandise selection.

Biographical information is provided by the All Music Guide and some community, photo, video and music recommendations are provided via SoundUnwound, an in beta joint venture between Amazon and IMDb which encourages Wikipedia like fan editing.

Artist stores are accessed via a dedicated section and found in an alphabetical listing. But a search by artist in the general Amazon, Amazon Music or Amazon MP3 store do not take you to the artist's store, but to the usual Amazon product listing. Perhaps further integration of Amazon's various music destinations is pending. Examples of the special content available in Amazon Artist Stores include:

Coldplay Store featuring:

  • A pre-order for the band's new EP, "Prospekt's March"
  • "The Coldplay Story" – a timeline of the band's rise
  • A photo gallery
  • A variety of books and DVDs

    Bob Dylan Store featuring:

  • His recent exclusive music video debut on Amazon.com of "Dreamin' of You"
  • A photo gallery of the artist through different time periods
  • Career biography and timeline
  • A variety of books and DVDs

    Andrea Bocelli Store featuring:

  • A new Amazon Exclusive video from his latest release, "Incanto," along with a collection of other videos
  • Career biography and timeline on the Italian opera singer
  • A special note from the artist remembering his friend, Luciano Pavarotti
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