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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