Antitrust hearing creates plenty of smoke, but how much fire?
"As always, there's a risk that some of the politicians will see the hearing simply as a chance to grandstand: to puff up to their full pomposity and give powerful tech CEOs a public telling off," we wrote yesterday, about...
July 30, 2020
Tech giants release CEO statements for antitrust hearing
Today is a big day for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, not to mention all the companies who rely on their ecosystems of devices, app stores, ad platforms and other services. The CEOs of the 'Big Four' will be testifying...
July 29, 2020
Amazon and Apple launch new Black British music playlists
Two new playlists on Amazon Music and Apple Music are focusing on Black British music. Amazon's is called '+44' (the UK country dialling code, if you're wondering) and will cover rap, R&B, grime, drill and Afrobeats music. Alongside...
July 27, 2020
EC launches antitrust investigation including voice assistants
2020 appears to be the year of European Commission antitrust investigations affecting Apple's music operations, although the latest one will also be training its sights on Amazon and Google too. The Commission has launched...
July 17, 2020
Amazon IVS could help music companies build their own Twitch
Amazon already owns one of the key livestreaming video platforms, in Twitch. Now its Amazon Web Services division is launching something that could help brands (perhaps including labels) to create their own-brand versions...
July 16, 2020
Twitch set for multi-week run of Amazon Music Sessions
Slowly but surely, the crossover between Amazon Music and its parent company's Twitch subsidiary is growing. Amazon Music's channel on the livestreaming platform has been ramping up during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the...
July 15, 2020
Report: Amazon Music subscriptions grew by 104% in last year
Research firm Counterpoint Research has published its latest estimates for the size of the music streaming market globally. It claims that by the end of March there were 394m music subscriptions globally, representing year-on-year...
July 9, 2020
Report: there were 400m music subscribers globally at end of Q1 2020
There were 341 million people using paid music subscriptions at the end of 2019, according to global music industry body the IFPI. Now we've got an update on that figure, albeit from a different source. Consultancy firm...
June 23, 2020
Analyst claims Amazon’s media assets are worth $500bn
Amazon’s current market cap – its value based on its share price – is $1.32 trillion. But how much are its music and media businesses worth? Needham analyst Laura Martin has been calculating the combined value...
June 18, 2020
Garth Brooks to get his own tile in Words With Friends 2
Well, the partnership is more than just a tile, but given Garth Brooks’ status as an “avid Words With Friends player” we suspect he’s pretty proud of that achievement. The partnership with games firm...
May 7, 2020
Amazon Music’s Steve Boom talks growth, Alexa, playlists and more
This is the second part of our Amazon Music piece, based on a face-to-face interview in February that was being held for our Q1 2020 report in early April. Given the impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic since February,...
May 1, 2020
Amazon Music’s Steve Boom talks Covid-19, MusiCares and lockdown listening trends
"It’s been very gratifying to see the music community pull together... It's gone really well: we've raised over $10m now. Unfortunately, the need is enormous. We've had over 10,000 applications for aid already, and we're...
May 1, 2020