May 21, 2008, 12:00 AM

Amazon adds widget for access to 5 million MP3 music files

Amazon.com has launched the Amazon MP3 Clips Widget, which enables affiliates and bloggers to access song samples from Amazon’s catalog containing millions of digital rights management-free MP3s.

Amazon.com has launched the Amazon MP3 Clips Widget, which enables affiliates and bloggers to access song samples from Amazon’s catalog of more than 5 million DRM-free MP3s available at AmazonMP3.com.

The widgets are free and affiliates and bloggers can earn up to 10% in referral fees from them by joining the Amazon Associates affiliate program. Affiliates earn commissions when a visitor to their site clicks through the Amazon widget to Amazon.com and makes a purchase.

Widgets are small web applications that enable focused, interactive functionality to be displayed within a self-contained visual area on a web page or a desktop; they can include links between web sites, social network pages and blogs.

Amazon affiliates using the Clips Widget can pick the songs and albums they want to display or have their widget automatically updated daily with the latest bestsellers or new releases from the music genre of their choosing.

The launch of the MP3 widget follows the release of several new digital product widgets from Amazon’s Associates program, including the Kindle Chicklet, with links to electronic books and other published documents that can be read on the portable Kindle device; the Your Video widget, enabling users to add product links to homemade videos; and the Unbox Movie & TV Preview widget that lets users display previews for movies and TV shows directly on their web page.

Amazon is No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

Matt Williams, general manager, Webstore by Amazon, will be speaking at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, June 9-12 in Chicago, in a session titled Amazon: Leveraging the expertise of the most successful e-retailer.

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