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
Echelon’s Peloton-like ‘Prime Bike’ is not an Amazon product
Some headlines overnight suggested that Amazon was launching its own exercise bike to take on Peloton, in partnership with a company called Echelon. You can see the press release that sparked those reports here: claiming...
September 23, 2020
Amazon Music gets Latin music hub and exclusive Neil Young EP
Amazon Music is the latest streaming service to make a concerted push around music from Latin America, with its new 'Amazon Music Lat!n' hub. It will offer a mix of Latin playlists, original/exclusive tracks, interview and...
September 21, 2020
Amazon Music adds podcasts in the UK, US, Germany and Japan
Amazon Music is the latest music streaming service to dive into podcasts, initially in its four big markets: the UK, US, Germany and Japan. That means a catalogue of shows akin to other platforms, but there will also...
September 17, 2020
Facebook and Xiaomi join Amazon’s Voice Interoperability Initiative
A year ago we reported on a new 'Voice Interoperability Initiative' from Amazon, which was created to ensure that different voice assistants could work on the same devices. Spotify, Sonos, Microsoft, Baidu and Tencent...
September 14, 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
Artist Rights Alliance challenges Amazon Music-Twitch integration
The Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), an industry body representing songwriters and musicians, has been vocal in its criticism of Amazon, sending Jeff Bezos a letter demanding a better answer than, “I don’t know” when...
September 3, 2020
Amazon Music integrates Twitch livestreaming into app
It’s almost a surprise that this hasn’t happened sooner, but Amazon Music has now integrated Twitch, the live streaming service owned by Amazon, into its Amazon Music mobile apps. Artists can now livestream via Twitch,...
September 2, 2020
Neil Young releases new songs on Amazon’s HD audio platform
Neil Young has had a storied history with streaming platforms. In 2015, he pulled all his music from a number of them because of his dislike of the streaming services’ audio quality. A few years later, he made some provocative...
August 31, 2020
Amazon Halo sees tech giant get into the digital fitness game
Apple has quietly been becoming a digital health and fitness company for a while now, with wellbeing becoming a key selling point for its Apple Watch smartwatch. Now Amazon wants in on the fitness-wearables game. It has...
August 27, 2020
Futuresource pinpoints five obstacles for hi-res audio adoption
From Amazon Music HD to MQA and its various partnerships, there is plenty of activity going on around 'hi-res' music. Still, it's fair to say the technology isn't quite mainstream yet. Research firm Futuresource has some...
August 26, 2020
Covid-19 sparked ‘boom’ in paid subscriptions in UK says ERA
'How Britain entertained itself during lockdown' is the title of the latest press release from UK body the Entertainment Retailers Association (Era). Surprisingly, the answer isn't 'doomscrolling Twitter in tears and making...
August 14, 2020