Amazon takes Amazon Music and Alexa to Mexico
It’s a busy time for music-streaming in Mexico. iHeartRadio launched there in beta late in October, and now Amazon has announced the launch of Amazon Music there. In fact, it’s part of a bigger launch: yesterday...
November 8, 2018
Amazon Alexa gets artist notifications… and a Little Mix AAA skill
Spotify’s Release Radar and Apple Music’s New Music Mix are high in the minds of music marketers in 2018. They’re figuring out what ‘signals’ (for example: following an artist’s profile and saving their music...
November 5, 2018
Twitch Sings is a karaoke-style game for the live-streaming service
Amazon’s live-video platform Twitch held its annual TwitchCon event this weekend in San Jose, and there were some announcements relating to music. Prime among them is something called Twitch Sings, courtesy of a partnership...
October 29, 2018
Sandbox Issue 214: Radio Ahead. Pitching to the non-traditional radio giants
Lead: In the good old days, you could just employ a plugger to get your songs played on radio (or, if you had deep pockets and shallow morals, you could engage in some light payola). Today what “radio” actually is has...
October 17, 2018
Amazon Alexa Accelerator adds two music-related startups
Alexa Accelerator is Amazon’s investment fund for startups working with voice technology and smart speakers. Its latest three investments include two companies related to our industry: Bamboo Learning and Endel. Bamboo...
September 28, 2018
Amazon Music Unlimited launches in Canada
The latest frontier for Amazon’s Music Unlimited streaming service is Canada, where it went live yesterday. Amazon is offering a free 90—day trial of its premium subscription tier to Canadians, after which Prime members...
September 27, 2018
Amazon launches Pop Culture playlist with exclusive Sia track
Amazon’s music-streaming service has a new flagship playlist called Pop Culture. Focusing on all things pop, the playlist launched on Friday with an exclusive new track from Sia called ‘Step By Step’, under its Amazon...
September 25, 2018
Alexa gets smarter as Amazon unveils a raft of new devices
Ha! Amazon saw your media speculation about eight new Alexa devices launching before Christmas, and raised you.
September 21, 2018
Amazon’s Echo Sub and Smart Plug details leak ahead of launch
We reported earlier this week on the rumours of eight new Alexa-powered Amazon devices coming before the end of 2018, including a microwave oven, an amp, a receiver, a subwoofer and an in-car gadget.
September 20, 2018
Sandbox Issue 212: Packaged Goods. Bulking Up The Music Bundle
Lead: the recent spat between Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott over who should have been number 1 in the US is arguably less about ego (although there was some of that at stake) and more about the role bundling plays in boosting...
September 19, 2018
Report claims eight new Amazon Alexa devices to launch before Christmas
2018 has seen an explosion in new devices NOT made by Amazon or Google, but which use those companies' voice assistants - Alexa and Google Assistant respectively.
September 18, 2018
Spotify CFO on Apple: ‘It’s not a software culture: it’s a hardware culture’
Spotify’s chief financial officer Barry McCarthy delivered a blunt rejoinder to a question about the threat posed by big-tech rivals like Apple, during his interview at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia conference on Friday. “I...
September 17, 2018