I’ve been a long time customer of Amazon.com, going way back into the mid-90′s when all they sold was books. But lately, I’ve found myself using their products and services more and more often, and I am very impressed!
Since buying my Roku XD I have since become an Amazon Prime member to gain access to the unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows that Amazon Prime has to offer. While the interface of the Amazon On Demand channel for Roku needs much improvement (their customer service dept was happy to hear my suggestions about creating a queue/playlist/subscription), it gets the job done, and it has a good selection of content to watch. I’ve also puchased a couple season of TV shows to watch On Demand, and their HD movie rental rates are cheaper than what I get direct from Charter (my cable provider).
Moving on from their video services, I’ve been very impressed with their new cloud storage and MP3 cloud player service. I’ve purchased several albums from Amazon that I would have previously purchased from iTunes because they were a few dollars cheaper. And with the Cloud Player on my Android phone, it makes having my music with me wherever I go as simple as a click of a button. (I just wish there was a native cloud player app for my iPhone/iPad2).
I’m also an avid book reader and enthusiast, and the fact that the Amazon Kindle app works on my EVO, my iPhone, and my iPad2 means that I can take my whole library with me wherever I go. Granted, I also have the Barnes & Noble Nook app on all 3 devices as well, but the Kindles whispersync is so much nicer to keep my books synced between devices. With the Nook, it’s annoying to have to figure out where I was in the book when I want to read a quick chapter on my EVO after reading for a bit on my iPad2 before bed the previous night.
Amazon’s seller marketplace also makes it easy for me to convert my old collection of physical books into money, which in-turn helps me expand my Kindle library. I’d love it if they had a book exchange program where you can send in physical books and receive discounts on the kindle versions of those same books.
All in all, I’m a very happy Amazon customer!