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It's been nearly a year and a half since we last wrote about the Amazon MP3 app, because that's the last time the company did anything interesting with it. Compared to the competition at Google and elsewhere, Amazon's iTunes competitor looks positively stale. Today the Amazon MP3 app gets a fresh coat of paint to bring it more in line with current visual trends, or at least, those trends that are on display in the Kindle Fire tablets.

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Below: Old and busted. Above: new hotness.

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I wouldn't say that the adjusted UI is great, but it's clean and functional, which should suit music fans just fine. The app is still split into music stored on Amazon's cloud service and locally on your device, with the same basic tabbed interface that lets you swipe across playlists, artists, albums, songs, et cetera. With the new simplified UI the tabs are really just highlighted words with the same gray-white-orange palette on display in most of Amazon's first-party Kindle Fire apps. The new integration with the MP3 store looks nice.

Amazon claims that the app is now "lightning fast," and indeed, it does feel considerably more snappy than the last time I tried it. You can also share your listening habits on Facebook, something that the Google Play Music app recently acquired. Amazon's music store and cloud player is still a tough sell if you're invested in Google Play, or indeed, any other music service, but if you've been using Amazon MP3 since the beginning your Android experience should now be markedly improved.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • mati9815

    Polish language in update.Amazon in poland is near <3

  • ranova

    still looks ugly to me.

  • Slawootsky

    OK I understand when it's not 100% Holo, but this is 100% not f'n Holo!

  • joeljfischer

    Now where's Amazon Instant Video...

    • AbbyZFresh

      Not happening. Needs flash.

      • joeljfischer

        How does that stop it? It's on ios, which definitely doesn't allow flash.

        • Matthew Fry

          edit: nevermind, you caught it.

          • Guest

            You're going to correct my capitalization...of an acronym...in comments....seriously? I was typing on an Android device, which sadly does not have the correct capitalization of "iOS" in it's autocorrect databanks.

          • Matthew Fry

            it said 'its' before. It was a clarification not a criticism.

          • joeljfischer

            My bad, you commented a good 2-3 minutes after I fixed it.

          • joeljfischer

            Yeah, your comment was posted ~2-3 minutes after I corrected it, which was why I said that. Tried to delete the comment, it's still showing up as a guest, unsure why.

          • Matthew Fry

            Yeah. Things Disqus does wrong:
            1) no real time edit updates
            2) inability to actually delete comments.

    • Matthew Fry

      Not happening. Instant Video is part of Amazon's Kindle Fire pitch.

      • joeljfischer

        Yeah, I know. It's absolutely stupid though, since their app is on iOS. Not having it on Android doesn't mean that tech-savvy customers are gonna buy the Fire, just that they're not gonna watch their service in favor of Netflix, Hulu+, or another of the myriad video apps on Android.

  • anzensepp1987

    Legacy-menubutton + "Hotness" = Impossible!

  • Arthur Dent

    +1 for the MIB reference.

  • Frank Lopez

    So busy, so ugly & that icon wreaks of 2002

  • TechWings

    It's an improvement, but still pretty busted.