|Amazon.com To Launch The Ultimate Music Store|
From Alternative to Zydeco, Hip-hop to Bebop, Amazon.com Has It All
SEATTLE, Wa (June 10, 1998): In order to provide its customers with the ultimate music shopping experience, leading online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), is set to launch its highly anticipated music store Thursday. The Amazon.com music store offers 10 times the CD selection of the typical music store at everyday savings of up to 40%, including 30% off Amazon.com's 100 bestselling CDs.
From Alternative to Zydeco, Hip-hop to Bebop, Amazon.com's customers will find everything from the latest releases to hard-to-find gems in nearly 300 musical genres. Music fans can search for their favorite music by CD title, artist, song title, or label and listen to more than 225,000 song samples. In addition, the new Amazon.com music store features expert and customer reviews, interviews, essentials lists, the hottest CDs from around the country and the world, music in the news, and music recommendations.
"We received ideas, opinions, and suggestions from more than 20,000 individuals when we reached out to customers and asked them to help us build their dream music store," said Amazon.com's founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos. "Many of the features in our new music store are the direct result of these suggestions. Our customers told us they wanted a site that is as rich in musical selection and content as the Amazon.com bookstore--with the same great prices, features, and customer service."
The Amazon.com music store is divided into four easy-to-navigate areas--Browse Styles, Chart Toppers, Featured in the Media, and the Recommendation Center.
Senior Editor Keith Moerer leads Amazon.com's team of well-known and experienced music editors. Moerer has 12 years' experience editing national and regional music magazines, including Rolling Stone, Request, and Bay Area Music Magazine (BAM). Amazon.com's editorial team members have also been published in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, Downbeat, Salon, Pulse!, Request, Microsoft's Music Central, No Depression, MTV Online, Musician, Stereophile, Hi Fidelity, Musician, Windham Hill, The [Seattle] Rocket, Alternative Press, Blues Revue, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Village Voice, among others. In addition to its experienced staff, Amazon.com features the work of over 200 nationally respected contributors
Drawing on its experience as the leading retailer on the Web, Amazon.com has also significantly redesigned its store. The company has focused on providing customers a secure, convenient, seamless shopping experience for books and music. The new store design allows customers to move easily between the book and music areas, making it fast and simple for customers to find exactly what they are looking for. Customers can also take advantage of an integrated shopping cart, 1-ClickSM ordering, and consolidated shipping.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, the unpredictability of its future revenues, and risks associated with capacity constraints, management of growth, and new business opportunities. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1997, and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 1998, both filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission..
Amazon.com, Earth's Biggest Bookstore, and 1-Click are service marks of Amazon.com, Inc. All other names are trademarks of their respective owners.