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Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige and more get festive with Amazon Music

Alright, it's officially Christmas season now – don't @ us, the John Lewis ad is out – and Amazon Music is going in strong with its now-annual lineup of original tracks. This year it's got Justin Bieber doing 'Rockin'...
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European Commission steps up its investigations of Amazon

The European Commission has been training its sights on Amazon for a while now, with an investigation into its impact on the online retail market. Yesterday, the EC told Amazon that it has reached a preliminary view that...
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Amazon Music to host Dolly Parton Christmas livestream

If you're the kind of person who shouts at people who put their Christmas decorations too early, look away now. Dolly Parton is doing a Christmas-themed livestream for Amazon Music... on 13 November. 'Dolly Parton's Comin'...
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Q3 financials overload: Facebook, Amazon, Twitter…

It wasn't just Alphabet, Spotify and Apple publishing their latest financial results yesterday: Facebook, Amazon and Twitter were at it too. Here's a precis of the key figures. Facebook's revenues grew by 22% year-on-year...
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Canalys thinks 163m smart speakers will be shipped in 2021

It's been a while since we've had some big-figure predictions for the smart speakers market, but here's research firm Canalys hoving into view with its latest forecasts. It reckons that 163m smart speakers will be shipped...
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Amazon launches Breakthrough Live weekly livestreams series

The timing may be awkward given the renewed DMCA takedown notices currently battering Twitch, but Amazon Music is stepping up its livestreaming activity, including with its sister platform. It’s launched a new weekly...
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Twitch is fielding another round of DMCA takedown notices

Music rightsholders are stepping up the pressure on Twitch to sign platform-wide music licensing deals, with another round of DMCA takedown notices for archived broadcasts and clips on Amazon’s live video service. Esports...
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Amazon Music reveals changes to senior leadership in Europe

Well, not huge changes, since both the people involved already work at Amazon Music, and will continue to do so. But the streaming service has a new director of Amazon Music in Europe, Killian Gerngross, who was previously...
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Report: Q2 music streaming revenues declined quarter-on-quarter

Research firm Counterpoint Research has published its latest analysis of the global music streaming market, claiming that it was worth $6.7bn in the second quarter of 2020. That's growth of 13% year-on-year, but a decline...
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Antitrust debate heats up in US with House Democrats report

The US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust has spent the last 16 months investigating Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google, and yesterday its Democrat majority staff published a report into their findings. You can read...
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Amazon Music HD adds ‘thousands’ of tracks from UMG and WMG

We should clarify this headline quickly: Amazon Music HD already has many more tracks from Universal Music and Warner Music. The news is that Amazon is working with the two labels to remaster thousands of tracks in 'Ultra...
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Amazon is having a ball with its new Echo smart speakers

Amazon held an online event yesterday to unveil its new products for the holiday season, including the latest range of Echo smart speakers. The obvious change is the design: the new Echo, Echo Dots and Echo Dot Kids devices...