Amazon now has 100m paid Prime members globally
‘Divinely discontent’ customers, perfect handstands, six-page narratives… There’s quite a lot to parse in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ latest letter to shareholders: it’s an interesting insight into how he sees the...
April 19, 2018
TuneIn launches discounted subscription for Alexa devices
Streaming-radio service TuneIn is trying something new for Amazon’s Echo speakers. It’s a discounted premium subscription tier, which will cost $2.99 a month from Alexa-enabled devices, compared to the usual $9.99-a-month...
April 3, 2018
Amazon doubled its music subscribers in the last six months
The last public estimate of Amazon’s music subscribers was 16 million in October 2018: a stat that covered both its basic-tier Prime Music service and its full Amazon Music Unlimited. How is it growing? Music boss Steve...
April 3, 2018
Smart speakers’ impact on music: ‘I don’t think it can be overhyped…’
More than 26m smart speakers were shipped globally in 2017 according to research firm Futuresource, with the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges proving popular devices. That was the spur for an event hosted by British...
March 21, 2018
Why don’t streaming services know who wrote The Beatles’ songs?
The latest twist in the controversies around ‘notices of intent’ (NOIs) in the US concerns the most famous band of all-time: The Beatles. The Music Tech Policy blog notes, with clear scorn, that Google, Amazon and...
March 19, 2018
DeepMusic Alexa skill serves up AI-generated songs
Amid all the industry conversation about how smart speakers will affect the way people listen to music, the assumption has been that the music in question will be made by humans. Here’s a new Alexa skill to make you...
March 12, 2018
Neil Young takes aim at Google and other tech giants
Neil Young has said some thought-provoking things about digital music in the last few years, but his latest blog post about Google could have done with a fact-checker. “Today, in the age of FaceBook, GOOGLE and Amazon,...
February 26, 2018
Survey claims early satisfaction with smart speakers is high
89% of Americans who’ve bought a smart speaker so far are satisfied with their device, according to a new survey published by investment firm Loup Ventures. “A closer look at the results reveals the reason for this...
February 22, 2018
Amazon shuts down its UK ticketing business – but may return
Shortly after pulling back from its ticketing ambitions in the US, Amazon is also shutting down its UK ticketing division. IQ reported on an email sent to clientsby Amazon Tickets’ music boss James Moore explaining that...
February 22, 2018
Amazon Alexa gets new music-playlist creation features
Amazon hasn’t made a big deal of its latest smart-speaker feature, but it’s an extremely interesting development for anyone who’s been thinking about how playlists evolve in a world of voice control. Users – initially...
February 9, 2018
What do smart speakers and voice assistants REALLY mean for music?
Smart speakers like Amazon's Echo and Google Home are selling in their tens of millions, and it's becoming clear that voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant (and Apple's Siri once its HomePod device ships) will...
January 23, 2018
Amazon Prime Music hot on Spotify’s heels in Germany
Research company Midia Research has published its latest report, produced for client LyricFind, which understandably focuses mostly on the role lyrics could play in the music-streaming market. But the white paper has some...
January 17, 2018