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Amazon Alexa gets complete integration with BMW deal

The primary focus of Amazon’s big event in Seattle yesterday may have been on the new home technology, but the company also announced that its Alexa voice control systems will be integrated into BMWs and select models of the Mini. BMW and Amazon had already worked on an Alexa skill for the use in the car, but yesterday’s news shows a deeper and more comprehensive application of what voice control can do in a vehicle. Continue Reading

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Amazon’s Alexa available in Amazon Music app on iOS and Android

Amazon’s Alexa voice control system can now be used to control the Amazon Music app on both Android and iOS mobile devices. This mobile integration is being rolled out in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria. Alexa can respond to the same range of queries as on the smart speaker of an Amazon Echo: asking for music from a certain artist, album, genre, time period, or activity will bring up songs that meet the criteria. Continue Reading

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Amazon Music adds activity voice controls for Echo

Amazon is rolling out several new Alexa voice commands for using its music streaming platform on the Amazon Echo, according to Billboard. The additions include more than 500 activities that Amazon Music can now provide the soundtrack for through the smart home speaker device. Echo owners can also pair the activities with specific music genres such as pop, country, jazz, classic rock or classical. Continue Reading

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Amazon orders TV show based on Gimlet Media’s Homecoming podcast

Amazon has ordered two seasons of a television adaptation of the podcast Homecoming. The Gimlet Media show is an audio drama, and is the second program from that podcast network to receive television treatment (a version of Start Up was picked up by ABC this spring). Hollywood’s recent forays into podcasting are further evidence that the audio format has entered mainstream awareness. Continue Reading

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MIDiA Research pegs Amazon as the third-biggest music subscription service

MIDiA Research has published an assessment of Amazon’s music efforts. “Based on conversations with rights holders and other industry executives we can confirm that Amazon is now the 3rd largest subscription service,” the MIDiA blog post read. “Amazon can now discard its dark horse guise and be revealed for what it is: one of the top streaming music players.” Continue Reading