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
NMPA hopeful of keeping songwriters’ top line rate increase
We reported yesterday on the ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on the appeal by Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify against new songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board. The decision was seen...
August 12, 2020
Report claims Amazon is adding podcasts to its music service
When we interviewed Amazon's music boss Steve Boom earlier this year, we asked him if Amazon Music might follow Spotify's push into podcasts. "I can’t talk much about it... we’ve been noting with interest how much time...
August 11, 2020
US appeals court knocks back CRB’s songwriter royalty rates
When Amazon, Google, Pandora and Spotify appealed against new, higher songwriter royalty rates set by the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), it sparked fury in the publishing community. Get set for another outbreak: the US...
August 11, 2020
ARA ups pressure on Amazon CEO over Twitch music licensing
We previously reported on the moment during the recent US antitrust hearing when Jeff Bezos was asked about music licensing for Amazon's Twitch subsidiary, and answered "I don't know". Now US industry body the Artists...
August 10, 2020
Amazon Music goes deep on catalogue: starts with Bob Marley
Amazon Music has announced a new initiative called [Re]Discover, which it says will focus on digging into artists' back catalogues. It's kicking off with Bob Marley this month: there's a [Re]Discover branded playlist drawn...
August 6, 2020
Sonos says its business held up despite Covid-19 impact
Audio firm Sonos saw its revenues drop by 4% year-on-year during the second quarter of 2020 (its fiscal Q3), but the company sees that as a good performance given the shutdown of many physical retailers due to Covid-19...
August 6, 2020