DoubleTwist Teams Up With Amazon to Take on iTunes
DoubleTwist, the media management software created by Jon Lech Johansen–a.k.a. “DVD Jon”–is teaming up with Amazon.com (AMZN) in its bid to create an alternative to Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes.
Start-up DoubleTwist makes software designed to help users of devices other than Apple products, such as BlackBerry and Android phones, to organize and keep track of their music. Starting immediately, the DoubleTwist software will now let people buy music files from Amazon’s MP3 store in a more seamless fashion that replicates the iTunes experience by essentially integrating the Amazon store right into their software.
After signing into their Amazon accounts, people will now be able to browse songs, listen to previews and buy songs with just a few clicks. Sometimes Amazon is even cheaper than iTunes. For example, Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” album costs $5 on Amazon, but $7.99 on iTunes (where it also comes with an extra remix song and digital booklet).