Mumford & Sons launch ‘reimagined’ songs for Amazon Music
British band Mumford & Sons have become the latest artist to produce some exclusive music for Amazon Music. Although in this case, the songs are already well-known: what’s exclusive are new ‘reimagined’ versions...
February 18, 2019
Amazon beat analyst forecasts with its Q4 financial results
It was another happy Christmas season for Amazon, which saw its Q4 revenues grow by 20% year-on-year to $72.4bn. The company recorded a $3bn net profit for the quarter, up from $1.9bn the year before. Meanwhile, for 2018...
February 1, 2019
Amazon Prime Music has doubled its Indian users in five months
Spoiler: It’s extremely unlikely that Amazon will ever announce exactly how many music-streaming customers it has in India – there isn’t even an official figure for its global listenership. But an interview with Sahas...
January 31, 2019
More than 1m people have pre-ordered Amazon’s Echo Auto
One of the new gadgets announced by Amazon last September was the Echo Auto: a gadget that connects to an in-car entertainment system to add Alexa voice-assistant features. The device is shipping now, and according to Amazon...
January 10, 2019
Amazon has now sold more than 100m Alexa-capable devices
Amazon has revealed a new figure for its Alexa voice-assistant: the company says that more than 100m devices with Alexa pre-installed have been sold. The number was revealed in an interview by The Verge with Amazon’s...
January 7, 2019
Amazon adds ‘tens of millions’ of new Prime members
Amazon enjoyed another successful Christmas period, although as usual the company’s specific figures are still tightly-wrapped and hidden behind the Christmas tree. “Customers purchased millions more Amazon devices this...
January 2, 2019
Apple Music to launch for Amazon Echo speakers this month
From iTunes on PCs to Apple Music on Android smartphones, Apple has shown itself willing to take its digital-music platforms beyond its own devices. In the latter case, Apple Music has been installed more than 10m times on...
December 20, 2018
Amazon Alexa gets even more conversational about music
Q4 may not be quite as intense a period for many people in the music industry as it used to be in the physical era, given the fact that an album released early in the year (or in Ed Sheeran’s case, early in the previous...
December 7, 2018
Next for Alexa: more headphones and newscaster speaking voice
Amazon’s drive to get its Alexa voice-assistant onto as many devices as possible, while improving its features, continues. The company has opened up its ‘mobile accessory kit’ for Alexa, which will help Bluetooth devices...
November 21, 2018
Report: Amazon outselling Google for smart speakers again
Research firm Canalys has published its latest figures on the smart-speakers market, focusing on shipments in the third quarter of 2018. It says they grew by 137% year-on-year to 19.7m units, which puts the market on track...
November 16, 2018
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