Amazon has managed to dodge Apple’s in-app purchase tax by making its MP3 Store available to iPhone users via open web browser Safari.
By optimising the site for Safari on the iPhone and iPod Touch, Amazon customers with Apple mobile devices can browse and purchase any of the 22 million-plus songs in the company’s online web store.
After purchase, the MP3s can be listened to and downloaded via the Amazon Cloud Player iOS app.
Apple still doesn’t allow third-party access to the iOS Music app, so users won’t be able to download the songs directly into iPhone’s main music library, but they can be synced using iTunes on the desktop.
The move comes instead of launching the MP3 store within a native app which would have meant Amazon had to pay Apple a 30-percent cut of in-app music sales.
In May, Amazon launched Cloud Player for PC, a desktop app that lets users play any music they've purchased from or stored with the online retailer without using an internet browser.