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Amazon Music Launches on Apple TV

Thursday October 10, 2019 11:10 am PDT by
Amazon Music today expanded to the Apple TV, and a new Amazon Music app is now available for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. Amazon says that ‌Apple TV‌ owners can now download the Amazon Music app from the tvOS App Store to get access to millions of songs and thousands of playlists and stations. Amazon Music listeners on the ‌Apple TV‌ are also able to browse and search...
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Amazon Prime Video Currently Unavailable in App Store Across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV [Update: It's Back]

Friday October 4, 2019 12:17 pm PDT by
Amazon Prime Video is currently unavailable in the App Store across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Amazon had updated the iOS version of the app shortly before it was removed from the App Store, but it is unclear why the app was pulled or whether this is a temporary move. Apple deferred comment to Amazon, which has yet to respond to our email. We'll update as we learn more. Update: MacRumors...

Amazon Unveils Multiple New Echo Devices, Including HomePod and AirPods Competitors

Wednesday September 25, 2019 12:25 pm PDT by
At an event in Seattle, Amazon today unveiled a series of new Alexa-enabled Echo products, ranging from a new high-end speaker to a lamp. Amazon's Echo Studio, a new higher-end version of its Echo smart speaker, is designed to compete with Apple's HomePod. The Alexa-equipped Echo Studio, which is priced at $199, supports 3D Dolby sound and, like the ‌HomePod‌, is designed to optimize sound...
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Amazon Music Adds Lossless Streaming Tier for $14.99/Month ($12.99 for Prime)

Tuesday September 17, 2019 7:43 am PDT by
Amazon today introduced a new tier of Amazon Music, called Amazon Music HD, which offers lossless versions of audio files for streaming or downloading. This tier will cost $14.99/month, or $12.99/month for Amazon Prime members (via The Verge). Amazon is offering a catalog of over 50 million songs in "High Definition," which are songs with CD-quality bit depth of 16 bits and a 44.1kHz sample...
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Google and Amazon Put Brakes on Human Review of Voice Assistant Recordings

Monday August 5, 2019 6:01 am PDT by
Following Apple's decision last week to suspend a Siri program that allows employees to listen to audio recordings for quality control purposes, Amazon and Google have both chosen to make their policies on human reviews of voice assistant audio more clear. Late last month, Apple confirmed that a small number of anonymized ‌Siri‌ requests are analyzed for the purpose of improving ‌Siri‌,...
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FTC Looking Into Impact of Apple's Sales Agreement With Amazon on Independent Resellers

Friday August 2, 2019 9:02 am PDT by
Last year, Apple began selling many of its products on Amazon, including the latest iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch models. As part of Apple's agreement with Amazon, unauthorized resellers who offered new or refurbished Apple products on Amazon had their listings removed after January 4, 2019. Since then, independent sellers have been required to apply for Apple Authorized Reseller status ...
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Amazon Prime Day Live Blog: Follow Along for the Best Deals

Monday July 15, 2019 7:38 am PDT by
It's the middle of July, which means it's time for Amazon's annual Prime Day shopping event, offering Amazon Prime customers the chance to save money on a vast array of items across the retailer's online storefront. Like we did last year, today we've launched a live blog that will track notable Prime Day discounts across Amazon, most of which will relate to Apple products and accessories. You...
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Amazon Reportedly Developing Echo With Better Sound Quality to Rival Apple HomePod and Other Speakers

Friday July 12, 2019 5:00 am PDT by
Amazon is developing a higher-quality version of its popular Echo smart speaker, according to a new report today by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Prototypes of the cylindrical speaker are wider than the current Echo to squeeze in additional components including at least four tweeters, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter. The speaker is reportedly being developed...

Amazon's 48-Hour 'Prime Day' Event Takes Place July 15 and 16

Tuesday June 25, 2019 10:21 am PDT by
For the last few years, Amazon has been hosting an epic Prime Day sale that offers up deals and discounts on a huge range of products. This year, Prime Day is actually going to take place over two days, kicking off at midnight on July 15 and lasting through July 16. Last year's Prime Day ultimately lasted 36 hours, but 48 hours will be the longest Prime Day event to date. Amazon has some P...
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Amazon Reveals 'Echo Show 5' With New Design and Alexa Commands for Deleting Voice Recordings

Wednesday May 29, 2019 8:49 am PDT by
Amazon today announced the Echo Show 5, the latest Echo device with a 5.5-inch display, more compact design, and privacy-focused voice controls for Alexa. Echo Show 5 is priced at $89.99 and is set to launch on June 26, 2019. Amazon's Echo Show devices have speakers and a touchscreen, aimed at letting customers watch the news via apps like NBC and Reuters, look at the weather, or make video...
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'Alexa Guard' Security Feature Rolls Out to Amazon Echo Devices in the US

Tuesday May 14, 2019 5:03 am PDT by
Amazon announced this morning that Alexa Guard is now rolling out to all Echo device owners in the U.S. The free feature update, which has been trialed by a select few over the last few months, turns Echo speakers into security devices when no-one's home by allowing them to listen for key sounds indicating danger or intrusion. Users need to say "Alexa, I'm leaving" to set Alexa Guard to...
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Amazon Rumored to Launch High-Fidelity Music Streaming Platform By End of 2019

Friday April 26, 2019 4:50 am PDT by
Amazon is reportedly readying a high-fidelity music streaming service that's set to launch by the end of the year. According to Music Business Worldwide, Amazon is in discussions with various large music rights-holders regarding the upcoming launch of the new streaming platform, which is likely to cost $15 per month. "It's a better bit rate, better than CD quality," one source told MBW....
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Employees Who Listen to Amazon Alexa Requests Can Access Customers' Home Addresses

Wednesday April 24, 2019 11:11 am PDT by
Earlier this month, Bloomberg shared details on the thousands of employees that Amazon employs around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in the homes of Amazon Echo owners when the Alexa wake word is spoken, with the purpose of improving the service. There was some concerning information in the report, including employee access to private recordings, recordings that are upsetting ...

Alexa Support for Apple Music Expands to Sonos Speakers

Wednesday April 17, 2019 11:19 am PDT by
Amazon Echo devices have been able to use Alexa-based voice commands to control Apple Music since December, but the feature has been limited to Amazon's own devices until today. Sonos One and Sonos Beam owners in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland are now also able to use Alexa to control ‌Apple Music‌ after adding the ‌Apple Music‌ skill to the Alexa app. In the US, UK, and ...
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Thousands of Amazon Employees Listen to Alexa Requests for Improvement Purposes [Updated]

Wednesday April 10, 2019 6:58 pm PDT by
Amazon has thousands of employees around the world that listen to voice recordings captured in the homes of Amazon Echo owners, reports Bloomberg. Voice recordings are captured when the Alexa wake word is spoken and then a subset of those recordings are listened to, transcribed, annotated, and added back into the software as part of Amazon's effort to help Alexa better respond to voice...
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Apple Music Now Available on Amazon's Alexa Devices in the UK and Ireland

Thursday April 4, 2019 4:33 pm PDT by
Amazon Echo and Fire TV devices in the UK and Ireland are now compatible with Apple Music, reports Pocket-lint. In the United States, Amazon Echo models have supported ‌Apple Music‌ since December of last year, allowing Echo speakers to integrate directly with Apple's music service, but the functionality was not made available in other countries. Amazon Echo owners in the UK can now instal...

Amazon Working on Alexa-Enabled Wireless Earbuds to Rival AirPods

Thursday April 4, 2019 2:21 pm PDT by
Amazon is developing a set of Alexa-enabled wireless earbuds that will compete with Apple's AirPods, reports Bloomberg. The earbuds will "look and act" similar to Apple's AirPods, but will offer built-in Alexa voice support. Alexa is Amazon's Siri rival, built into the Amazon Echo line of products and many other third-party devices. Amazon is aiming to offer better audio quality than the...

Apple Music Now Available on Amazon Fire TV

Wednesday March 13, 2019 12:21 pm PDT by
Amazon today expanded its Apple Music integration to the Amazon Fire TV, allowing Fire TV owners to ask Alexa to play songs from the ‌Apple Music‌ service. According to CNBC, ‌Apple Music‌ on the Amazon Fire TV is available starting today. The expansion comes three months after Apple allowed ‌Apple Music‌ to be streamed on Amazon Echo speakers using the Alexa voice assistant. On the...
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Apple Not Fighting Royalty Increase for Songwriters That Spotify, Pandora, Google and Amazon Have Appealed

Thursday March 7, 2019 3:35 pm PST by
Spotify, Google, Pandora, and Amazon have all teamed up to appeal a ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that will increase royalties paid to songwriters by 44 percent, reports Variety. In a joint statement, the companies, which all operate major streaming music services, said that the decision harms both music licensees and copyright owners. "The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), in a...
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Amazon Pulls Echo Wall Clock Over Connectivity Issues

Wednesday January 23, 2019 2:44 am PST by
Amazon has pulled its Echo Wall Clock over concerns about connectivity issues, just a little over a month since it began shipping the product. The Wall Clock's lack of availability on the Amazon website was first spotted by The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern before being confirmed by Amazon in a statement given to The Verge. "We're aware that a small number of customers have had issues...