Kindle Fire to Ship with Amazon Appstore, Access to Several Thousand Apps

Amazon announced today that its new Kindle Fire will have access to thousands of apps, including one from leading media companies like Pandora, Netflix, and Rhapsody. The Kindle Fire will also be able to download apps for Facebook as well as games from Electronic Arts, Zynga, and Rovio.All these apps will be available via the Amazon Appstore, which is estimated to currently stocks between 7 and 10 thousand apps.

“We started talking to app developers everywhere the day we introduced Kindle Fire, and the response has been overwhelming,” Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “In addition to over 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and magazines from Amazon, we are excited to offer customers thousands of apps and games to choose from on Kindle Fire – from Pandora and Rhapsody to Facebook and Twitter to Netflix, as well as popular games from EA, Zynga and many other top game developers. And this is only the beginning – we’re adding more apps and games every day across all categories.”

The Kindle Fire is due to ship next week, and Amazon wants to make sure that everyone knows that it will have better app support than the Nook Tablet.