The 7Digital team has been doing a great job of helping other music app developers allow for in app song purchases but soon Amazon will step into the game. RIM slipped this tidbit in a little paragraph on the bottom of the blog post announcing the Amazon MP3 app release. I think this is big news for developers offering yet another way to monetize BlackBerry apps. This is what RIM has to say about the upcoming feature:
Coming soon: Amazon MP3 store ‘buy’ function for app developers
Look for this app to be integrated into other upcoming apps. For instance, ISV partners can now apply to be members of the affiliate program, and approved partners will have access to a developer toolkit available in February – allowing application developers to integrate a ‘buy’ function within their own apps that connects with the Amazon MP3 store.
I don’t doubt that developers like Pandora and Slacker will be jumping all over themselves to get this feature into their apps. While I think the BlackBerry Amazon MP3 app definitely has room for improvement it is still a pretty nice start. I just wish they would have hired the developers who created the Amazon store app… Now that is a sweet no compromises app.
So what do you think of this new API? Do you think it will start showing up in all of the many streaming music apps available for BlackBerrys?