Thursday, July 26, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 7/26/2012: PLAY by Aol Music has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is PLAY by Aol Music.

PLAY by Aol Music is available as a free app in Google Play - but has ads. It is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing and availability between the two marketplaces.

PLAY by Aol Music is described as follows:
Play by AOL Music (ad-free) – Share what you’re listening to, discover new music. Over 600,000 users agree! PLAY by AOL is the premier music application of 2011! It's a fun and simple way to share and discover new music! Music brings out something special in all of us, it triggers long forgotten memories and creates new ones that will last a lifetime. Sharing those memories is something that we all love to do, especially with friends. PLAY is an application that lets you share musical moments with friends and discover great new music. PLAY not only lets you listen to your own music on your device, it also lets you stream SHOUTcast radio, CD Listening Party, MP3 of the day, and more!

Key Features:

· Listen to your music in a beautiful custom music player
· Play music from an extensive collection of free songs and albums updated regularly
· Access to over 50,000 SHOUTcast radio stations (on most devices)*
· Share your musical experiences with friends and followers
· Find and follow friends using the app through Facebook, Twitter, or Searching
· Add your own album art to your shares
· Share your musical experiences on Facebook and Twitter
· Listen to previews of your friends' music posts through rdio
· Comment on and like your friends' shares, you can tag friends in comments too! Just @username your friends and they'll get an alert
· Get notifications when a friend follows, likes or leaves you a comment

PLAY by Aol Music is rated 4.0 stars in Google Play and at 1.8 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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In the Amazon Appstore, there are only 39 ratings, but 24 of them are one-star ratings. In Google Play there are more than 2,200 ratings generating that 4.0 score, so we would at least try the app in the Amazon Appstore, since it is free.

We wouldn't, however, buy this under normal circumstances (when it is not FAOTD).

In addition, there is a version of PLAY by Aol Music in the iOS App Store. There, it is also free and ad-supported; it has a five-star rating for the current version (but with only 9 ratings) and 4 stars overall.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers. opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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