Amazon to launch new series of ‘Amazon Original’ Christmas songs
Mince pies are in the shops, Mariah Carey is lurking in the lower reaches of the charts, and Amazon is joining the early-Christmas fun with its latest crop of brand-new festive tracks. They’re part of its Amazon Originals...
November 14, 2019
Report claims Amazon has soared ahead in smart-speaker race
One of the more unexpected (at the time) stories in the history of smart speakers came in May 2018, when research firm Canalys claimed that Google had overtaken Amazon as the biggest shipper of these devices globally –...
November 14, 2019
Amazon set to add music videos to Amazon Music Unlimited
Fresh from adding an ‘HD’ tier to its Music Unlimited streaming service, Amazon appears to be preparing to add another element in to the mix: music videos. At least, that’s the gist of a ‘direct license amendment’...
November 13, 2019
It’s Mariah Carey’s Christmas; we just live in it
‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ is Mariah Carey’s biggest streaming hit by a distance: it has 511.9m Spotify streams and 555m YouTube views, for example. The ‘Merry Christmas’ album the track...
November 7, 2019
Nearly 1,000 musicians join protest against Amazon’s ICE contracts
Amazon recently announced plans to host its own festival in Las Vegas this December, called Intersect. It’s billed as “the place where music, technology, and art converge”, but the event is rousing some strong protests...
October 28, 2019
Amazon launches 99-cent promotion for Echo Dot smart speaker
Spotify may be giving away Google Home Mini smart speakers to its premium subscribers in the US, but now Amazon has launched its own promotion to get more Echo Dot speakers into the hands of Americans. The deal is slightly...
October 25, 2019
Security fears raised around Amazon and Google smart speakers
We’ve written about this before: the music industry may be excited about the growth in sales of smart speakers, but privacy campaigners have their concerns about this device category. Those concerns are relevant to...
October 22, 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’s ‘voice interoperability initiative’ includes Spotify
“Voice services should work seamlessly alongside one another on a single device, and… voice-enabled products should be designed to support multiple simultaneous wake words.” That’s the key sentence...
September 25, 2019
Amazon Music gets an HD tier, starting in the US, UK, Japan and Germany
Amazon Music has become the biggest music-streaming service yet to add a higher-quality tier. Amazon Music HD launches in the US, UK, Germany and Japan this week. It will cost $12.99 a month for Amazon Prime members and...
September 17, 2019
NMPA attacks Spotify and Amazon in latest royalties battle
Ding ding! Round… well, we’re not sure what round we’re into now if the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and Spotify were having a boxing match. But the slugs keep on coming. Remember how Spotify announced that...
August 28, 2019