Something interesting came out of NPD’s look at online music sales. While Apple stayed perched at the top of the mountain with nearly 70% of online sales going through their iTunes Store, Amazon has grown from 4% to 12% since 2008 (the year we saw our first Android phone).
It’s believed that Amazon MP3’s inclusion on many Android devices has become a key reason for said growth. I’m not sure which – if not all – Android phones Amazon’s MP3 store comes stocked with, but I can’t imagine that OEMs would purposely leave it out as there doesn’t appear to be a better option for Android in near sight (unless you opt to get your tunes through streaming music services instead).
[Update]: Yes, I did actually forget about Google’s online music store that’ll tie into Android. How stupid and forgetful of me. To be fair, I did note in near sight, as we still don’t know when Google will be bringing us those features :).