Amazon To Run CDNow
from the and-so-it-goes dept
I remember, years ago, when Amazon first decided to start selling CDs, in addition to books, everyone was concerned about what would happen with CDNow. The folks at CDNow claimed they weren’t worried, and believed they had a strong advantage over Amazon in the CD space. Well, clearly, that never held true, and now Amazon is going to be running CDNow. Bertelsmann, under a new management team that is not particularly excited by the internet, is trying to get rid of the various expenses associated with the internet properties (including CDNow, which they bought a few years ago). As Amazon starts running the backend of more and more e-commerce sites, it makes you wonder how much “choice” people will really have. There’s not much price competition when everything goes through Amazon.
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My company has looked into selling through Amazon, they have a nice XML/SOAP interface to their frontend, but the individual retailers (like Target, Toys R Us, etc) I believe still have to provide their own backends and warehousing and fulfilment. Although, being the powerhouse in retail that Amazon is, they could eventually begin shipping all that stuff themselves solely (and perhaps have already done this with some retailers). I think it’s the same traditional fear of monolopy, lack of choice that results, and being bad in the long term for the consumer, that comes into play here, not anything different just because it’s Amazon or the Internet.