Amazon MP3 Deal Widgets

What?

Having created a bunch of Kindle Widgets, I was browsing around Amazon (UK) and discovered the MP3 album of the week, which I’d never previously found… A short modification of the Kindle Widget code later, and I had an “Amazon MP3 Album Of The Week” widget for the UK.

Of course, Amazon US go one better and have an MP3 Album Daily Deal. Just to trans-atlantically friendly, I did a widget for them too 🙂

As with the Kindle Widgets, if you need another territory, I should be able to help you out… Drop me a mail 🙂

Where?

Available now on the Android Market, as follows:

UK Version

US Version

Does It Work With ICS? I Can’t Find It In The Widgets List…

In the newest version of Android (known variously as Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS), there is a known problem which stops some widgets from showing up in the list after installation. I realise it’s not the most professional advice, but rebooting your device after install generally resolves this. There’s more details on the official Google bug tracker.

FAQs

It gets stuck on “Loading…” – What’s going on?

There are a few causes for this one, and if I’m honest, I thought I caught them all. Clearly not. In the short term, remove the widget and re-add it, and all should be well. I’d appreciate it if you let me know you’ve seen it.

How often does it update? Is it going to eat stacks of data allowance?

It should update just once a day,  around 00:30 GMT for the UK version, and around 00:30 PST for the US version. Each update only downloads ~170 bytes of text and a very small image for each widget, so it’s a pretty negligible quantity of data.

Version History

1.0 – Initial release