Amazon is retiring its cloud music-storage service
It seems almost quaint now to think back to the days when cloud-locker music-storage services were the next big thing in the digital music world. They’ve since been marginalised by the rise of streaming, although Apple,...
December 21, 2017
Spotify and Deezer lobby EC (again) over big-tech gatekeepers
Spotify and Deezer’s CEOs have both signed a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for the EC to ensure they get a “level playing field” on platforms owned by large US technology companies...
December 14, 2017
Sandbox 193: Playlisten without prejudice
Lead: Labels and artists spent 2017 getting their heads around how playlists have created a new centre of gravity for the record business. The old ways of promoting a record (discounting at retail, plugging at radio, pitching...
December 7, 2017
7digital makes video news programme for Amazon’s Echo Show
7digital’s Entertainment News division is making the most of the screen that comes with Amazon’s Echo Show smart speaker. Just launched in the UK after its US debut earlier in the year, the Show has a seven-inch screen...
November 17, 2017
Amazon launches Echo devices and Alexa in Japan
Amazon is continuing its slow-but-steady global rollout of its Echo smart speakers and Alexa voice assistant. Having launched the devices in India in October, now they’re debuting in a major music market: Japan. The...
November 8, 2017
With 16m music subscribers Amazon is no longer a dark horse
We’ll stress upfront that this isn’t an official announcement from Amazon: the company hasn’t abandoned its policy of keeping its key music stats to itself. Instead, this is an estimate from Midia Research, claiming...
October 25, 2017
Smart speakers to fuel ‘tenfold’ increase in smart-home devices
Research firm Forrester’s latest prediction for the smart-devices market focuses on the US alone, we should say. “Smart home devices are expected to grow tenfold between 2017 and 2022,” claimed the company in its latest...
October 24, 2017
Google Home Mini and Max fire up the smart-speakers market
Google held a high-profile press launch last night, with its new Pixel 2 smartphones taking top billing. Yet we’re more interested in the evolution of the company’s smart-speaker strategy, with two new models – the...
October 5, 2017
Amazon steps up with new Echo devices and Alexa partnerships
Earlier this week we reported on Amazon adding its Alexa voice assistant to its flagship music app. That was just the teaser though: yesterday the company unveiled a swathe of new Echo speakers and devices, while also signifying...
September 28, 2017
US surveys offer encouraging signs for Apple Music
We’re expecting a new milestone for Apple Music subscribers to be announced on 12 September at the iPhone 8 launch. If the service’s growth has held steady, it should have reached 30 million subscribers by then. Ahead...
September 8, 2017
Sonos preps smart-speaker launch amid Echo refresh rumours
Yesterday, we reported on a Sonos regulatory filing revealing a few details on its upcoming voice-controlled smart speaker. Now we know when it’s likely to be launched officially: 4 October, judging by an invitation...
August 30, 2017
Amazon prepares to expand ticketing ambitions to the US
Amazon’s ambition to do more around concert ticketing is hardly a secret: Amazon Tickets has been operating in the UK for some time now, and is increasingly prominent there through partnerships with venues. In January,...
August 11, 2017