Amazon has released an iPhone version of its Instant Video app, previously only made available for the iPad. It’s free to download from the iTunes App Store, but to take advantage of its free content, you’ll have to be a paid-up member of Amazon Prime, the $80 per year service which provides free two-day shipping and access to the video library.
So what do you get for your money? Prime Instant Video contains 30,000 videos which can be streamed to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch for free, plus the regular Amazon Instant Video catalog has a total of 140,000 titles ready to buy or rent, then download ready for viewing when offline. Amazon’s WhisperSync keeps your spot in a film should you have to stop, then syncs it up when you can restart, no matter whether you do so on the same device, or on your computer or games console.
The app isn’t without its technical drawbacks though, as there’s no streaming over 3G or 4G networks – a Wi-Fi connection is essential – and Apple’s Airplay is still not supported either, although this is less of a problem if you own a PS3, Xbox or have an Instant Video application on your TV or Blu-ray player.
Amazon Instant Video is available now from the App Store, and the iPhone/iPod support has been added in version 1.4, so if you already own the app on the iPad, an update is all that’s needed.