Apple and Amazon ignite hi-res music streaming battle
The code leaks this weekend may have spoiled the surprise, but Apple Music is bringing higher quality music to its streaming service. But rather than charge extra for an 'HD' or 'HiFi' tier as rivals have done, Apple Music's...
May 17, 2021
Amazon-owned Wondery to launch podcast subscriptions with Apple
As one of the biggest podcast production companies, you’d expect Wondery to be interested in the new subscription features offered by the likes of Apple and Spotify. Or would you? Wondery was, after all, recently acquired...
May 12, 2021
Amazon Prime Video service is being used by 175 million people
Sorry, there were no meaningful new Amazon Music statistics in Amazon’s quarterly financial results yesterday. 55 million users (“nearly all” of whom were paid subscribers) was the last official figure in January...
April 30, 2021
Amazon Prime now has more than 200m members globally
Amazon has published its latest annual report, and it includes some big new numbers from the company’s business. “We have more than 200 million Prime members worldwide,” wrote outgoing CEO Jeff Bezos in his letter...
April 16, 2021
Sony Music-backed The Coda Collection debuts on Amazon Prime
We spend a lot of time writing about short-form music videos, but long-form content is also finding new audiences through a variety of digital platforms. Including a new one that’s just debuted on Amazon Prime in the...
February 22, 2021
Spotify, Apple and Amazon set for UK streaming inquiry hearing
When YouTube, SoundCloud and Twitch took part in a DSPs hearing at the UK’s streaming economics inquiry recently – well, Twitch’s rep didn’t get to speak – we knew there’d be another session...
February 18, 2021
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 rumoured to be working on a wall-mounted Echo
It may be a while before Amazon takes the wrappers off its next family of Alexa-enabled devices, given the Christmas season tends to be its focus. However, Bloomberg is offering a sneak peek at what Amazon may have in store...
February 10, 2021
Amazon posts its first $100bn quarter as CEO Bezos steps down
Apple posted its first ever $100bn-revenues quarter last week, and now Amazon has hit the same milestone. In fact, Amazon’s net sales grew by 44% year-on-year to $125.6bn in the fourth quarter of 2020, fuelled by...
February 3, 2021
Amazon Music buys podcast production company Wondery
The speculation about Amazon buying podcast producer Wondery was correct: the deal was announced at the end of December. Specifically, Wondery will now be part of Amazon Music, emphasising Amazon’s music streaming...
January 4, 2021
NMPA boss steps up Twitch criticism with op-ed article
Check your watches! We appear to have reached the traditional ‘op-ed in Billboard’ stage of the NMPA’s licensing battle with Twitch. In it, David Israelite takes aim at the livestreaming service’s...
December 3, 2020
Amazon Music is adding music videos to its catalogue
It's just over a year since we reported on the prospect of Amazon Music adding music videos to its catalogue of audio content. Today there's a rash of stories reporting that the feature has gone live, traced back to the...
December 2, 2020