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Amazon.com Expands Recommendation Center to Introduce Customers to Music They'll Love

New Features Help Fans Learn About and Discover Music, in Styles from Classical and Jazz to International and Alternative

SEATTLE, March 9, 1999 /PR Newswire/--Amazon.com, the No. 1 online music retailer, today introduced an expanded and improved recommendation center that offers music fans authoritative guides to the best CDs in more than 100 musical styles. Designed to help beginners and experts alike, the new features include introductions to classical, jazz, and international music, as well as comprehensive guides to essential CDs by style, artist, and year.

"Music fans who have shopped at physical music stores know the challenges of getting knowledgeable suggestions and discovering great CDs, particularly classical, jazz, and international titles," said Jennifer Cast, Amazon.com music general manager. "Amazon.com's expanded recommendation center offers customers instant access to recommendations and reviews by our world-class staff of 17 full-time editors and more than 200 contributing writers," she said.

The music recommendation center offers four new and one expanded feature to help music fans find the best recordings by the best artists, in musical styles that match their tastes:

  • Get Started In: Designed to help beginning listeners of classical, jazz, and international music find CDs they'll love, this feature offers both written and audio introductions to great music. National Public Radio commentator Ted Libbey and Amazon.com Music Editor Kevin Cole discuss interesting and significant portions of each album, presented in Real Audio® samples. The first three albums featured include Carlos Kleiber conducting Beethoven's 5th and 7th Symphonies, Thelonious Monk's Underground, and Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto's Getz/Gilberto.

    "For the first time in a music store, shoppers can listen to respected commentators discuss a recommended CD and hear excerpts that illustrate their points. It's like having an expert with a stereo by your side while you're shopping," said Cast.

  • 101 Delivers: Fans who want to learn more about classical and jazz music can subscribe to monthly mailings written by Amazon.com music editors that offer easy to understand introductions to key composers and performers, historical periods, forms, genres, and instruments.
  • Essential Recordings by Artist: Amazon.com music editors recommend the best CDs by over 100 artists. For example, to Miles Davis fans, they are recommending Kind of Blue, A Tribute to Jack Johnson, and Highlights from the Plugged Nickel.
  • Essential Recordings by Year: Music fans can discover the 25 significant albums from each of the last 44 years (1955 through 1998). For example, Amazon.com editors' 1965 recommendations include the Beatles' Rubber Soul, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, Frank Sinatra's September of My Years, and 22 others.
  • Essential Recordings by Style: This popular and now expanded feature helps customers discover the must-have CDs in more than 100 categories ranging from Alt Country to Acid Jazz to Chamber Music. Amazon.com music editors have expanded their hand-picked lists to include more than 3,500 essential CDs.
About Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 music and No. 1 book retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995. Today, the Amazon.com store has expanded to offer more than 4.7 million book, music-CD, video, DVD, computer-game, and other titles, plus secure credit-card payment, personalized recommendations, and streamlined ordering through 1-Click(SM) technology.

Amazon.com operates two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, competition, risks associated with system development and operation, management of potential growth, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances.

More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1997, as amended by the Form 8-K filed September 11, 1998, and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 1998, June 30, 1998, and September 30, 1998.

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