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Amazon launches Software by Wire

After Amazon Unbox and AmazonMP3 Beta, the virtual mortar and pestle retailer has stealthily released a Software download (opens in new tab) section which, for the time being, contains nothing more than Tax software from TurboTax.

You can purchase the software title and download it directly to your computer with no shipping fees, no wasted packaging and no waiting (except for the download).

While this is nothing new - Digitalriver (opens in new tab) for example has been in this business for 13 years - the fact that a major e-tailer like Amazon has decided to throw its weight behind the concept means that a time when all the content you purchased (video, audio, software, e-books) will be safely available online if ever you need to access them remotely or if there's any glitch.

Amazon allows you to save your software in a "Your Media Library (opens in new tab)" section and while the service requires you to install a software downloader and is compatible only with Windows XP and Windows Vista, Amazon has pledged to extend its support to other operating systems.

Amazon's software downloader supports up to 10 asynchronous connections to improve download speed and the service itself is unfortunately available only in the US for now.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.