Echo’s latest music feature lets friends share tracks
Amazon regularly adds new music-related commands and features to its Alexa voice assistant, and many go under the radar of journalists and the music industry. The latest is worth noting though: owners of Echo smart speakers...
February 11, 2021
Amazon is having a ball with its new Echo smart speakers
Amazon held an online event yesterday to unveil its new products for the holiday season, including the latest range of Echo smart speakers. The obvious change is the design: the new Echo, Echo Dots and Echo Dot Kids devices...
September 25, 2020
Tom Walker is quizzing his fans in his new Alexa skill
The latest artist to get their own Alexa skill for Amazon's smart speakers is Tom Walker, for whom Sony Music UK has launched 'No. 1 Fan Music Quiz'. It's a daily quiz where Walker sets the questions (about his own "songs,...
September 6, 2020
Sandbox Issue 253: Music Marketing in Lockdown
Lead: We are now several weeks into lockdown and have moved far, far beyond just “doing a livestream”. There was some wavering at the start as to whether albums should be delayed by several weeks or brought forward, but...
May 28, 2020
Marshmello and Halsey offer up a Thought Of The Day on Alexa
We are seeing more artists embrace the possibilities of voice assistants, led by Amazon’s Alexa music + Alexa. Witness The 1975’s recent use of an Alexa skill to nudge fans towards their latest website. Amazon,...
May 28, 2020
Amazon Alexa gets smarter with some new music features
Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has some new tricks in the way it deals with music. Launched this week, they include the ability to serve (on request) a cappella, live, remix, instrumental and other versions of tracks....
March 16, 2020
Alexa in-skill purchases off to a sluggish start for Amazon
Music Ally has written about ‘in-skill purchases’ before: they’re the equivalent of in-app purchases for the third-party skills created for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. A way for developers to make money from their...
December 18, 2019
Amazon’s Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple and Spotify
Podcasts are already one of the uses for smart speakers, but that activity could be boosted in the US by the latest announcements from Amazon. From last Friday (13 December) it became possible for American Alexa customers...
December 16, 2019
Amazon launches Echo smart-speakers and Alexa in Brazil
In September, Amazon launched its Prime membership program in Brazil, including its music-streaming services. Less than a month later, that launch has been followed by the debut of Amazon’s Echo smart speakers in Brazil,...
October 4, 2019
Amazon springs surprises at its launch of new Alexa devices
We reported earlier this week on the main rumours about Amazon’s products-launch event scheduled for Wednesday: Alexa-enabled earphones and a higher-quality (in an audio sense) Echo smart speaker. Both devices were unveiled...
September 26, 2019
Amazon reveals details on how it keeps Alexa data
In an exchange with US senator Chris Coons, Amazon has been explaining more about how it stores data on people’s interactions with its Alexa voice assistant. Coons had written to the company asking how long it stores recordings...
July 4, 2019
Amazon expands Alexa in-skill purchasing to UK and Germany
Amazon is now helping developers of Alexa skills (the smart-speaker equivalent of apps) make money in the UK and Germany. This is through the expansion of its ‘in-skill purchasing’ feature from the US. “Customers can...
June 4, 2019