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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. Global app spending reached…

This Week in Apps: Apple’s event brings a ‘Dynamic Island,’ new widgets and iOS 16

Amazon has gone live with Amazon Care, a new pilot healthcare service offering that is initially available to its employees in and around the Seattle area. The Amazon Care offering…

Amazon launches Amazon Care, a virtual and in-person healthcare offering for employees

Amazon has a new, high-quality streaming tier of its music service called Amazon Music HD. It’s priced at $12.99 per month for Prime members ($14.99 per month for everyone else)…

Amazon launches Amazon Music HD with lossless audio streaming

Amazon’s Scout six-wheeled, sidewalk-driving delivery robots have begun making deliveries to customers in the Irvine, Calif. area. Amazon announced this first California deployment of Scout bots in a blog post,…

Amazon Scout autonomous delivery robots begin deliveries in California

Amazon is no stranger to the nefarious forces of e-commerce: fake reviews, counterfeit goods and scams have all reared their heads on its marketplace in one place or another. Some…

Amazon expands Transparency anti-counterfeit codes to Europe, India and Canada

Spotify’s Lite app is now official. The app has been in beta since last year, and now Spotify is officially releasing it in 36 countries worldwide. The app is designed…

Spotify Lite for Android gets an official launch in 36 countries

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Audio apps are flying high in China. In 2018, online listeners in the country grew 22.1% to surpass 400 million, at a rate far exceeding that of the mobile video…

China silences podcast and music apps as online crackdown widens

Amazon is preparing for its longest Prime Day ever. The company announced today it will host a 48-hour Prime Day sales event this year, starting at midnight on Monday, July…

Amazon Prime Day 2019 expands to become a 48-hour sale on July 15-16

Depending on who you ask, the advantage of technology based on artificial or machine intelligence could be a topsy-turvy funhouse mirror world — even in some very fundamental ways. “I…

We won’t be listening to music in a decade according to Vinod Khosla

E-commerce giant Amazon was built on the concept of a large marketplace that could be the home for all online shopping, whether it was for items and services it was…

Adobe ties up with Amazon to build D2C stores powered by Amazon’s commerce and fulfillment tools

The spat between Spotify and Apple is going to be the focus on a new investigation from the EU, according to a report from the FT. The paper reported today…

The EU will reportedly investigate Apple following anti-competition complaint from Spotify

Amazon is prepping a high-fidelity music streaming service for a launch by year-end, according to a report from Music Business Worldwide — a site which also accurately reported Amazon’s recent…

Amazon is prepping a high-fidelity TIDAL competitor

Amazon today announced the launch of a free, ad-supported music service in the U.S. that will be available to anyone who wants to play free music on their Echo speaker.…

Amazon launches ad-supported music service to Echo owners

Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the Chinese answer to Spotify that Tencent spun out and floated on the New York Stock Exchange in December, reported a net loss of 876 million…

Spotify rival Tencent Music posts maiden quarter loss of $130M on one-off costs

The 2019 edition of a popular annual survey shows usage of social media by Americans is stalling while ownership of smart speakers and tablets has soared over the last year,…

Podcasts, smart speakers soar as social media stalls, based on new survey

Amazon posted its bi-annual report Thursday detailing the number of government data demands it receives. The numbers themselves are unremarkable, neither spiking nor falling in the second-half of last year compared to…

Amazon’s barely-transparent transparency report somehow gets more opaque

This light makes the smart home even more accessible. Installed as any other ceiling downlight, the Juno AI downlight features Amazon Alexa through integrated JBL speakers. There’s a light in…

Put Alexa and a JBL speaker in your ceiling with this clever LED downlight

Tencent Music, China’s largest streaming company, has raised $1.1 billion in a U.S. IPO after it priced its shares at $13 apiece ahead of a listing on the NYSE today.…

China’s Tencent Music raises $1.1 billion in downsized US IPO

China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is gearing up for one…

Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO

As Tencent Music, China’s largest streaming firm, reportedly stalls on its proposed U.S. IPO, one of its closest challengers is doubling down. NetEase Cloud Music, a rival operated by games…

China’s NetEase raises $600M for its music streaming business

Despite increasing competition from traditional retailers like Walmart and Target, which have invested heavily in e-commerce, and the whupping it’s routinely taking from Amazon among pure e-commerce companies, eBay, the…

As stock rises on a slim earnings beat, eBay tells analysts to focus on payments and ads
Hardware

Alexa is reported down across Europe

5:11 am PDT • September 26, 2018

Reports are coming in that Amazon’s Alexa service is down in parts of UK, Spain, Germany and Austria. According to Down Detector and Twitter, the problem started surfacing around 8am…

Alexa is reported down across Europe

Exactuals, a software service offering payments management for the music industry, is debuting R.AI, a new tool that it’s dubbed the “Palantir for music.” It’s a service that can track songwriting…

Music payments startup Exactuals debuts R.AI, a ‘Palantir for music royalties’

Featured Article

Amazon’s next conquest will be apparel

Late last year, after Amazon announced it had acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic “Lord of the Rings” saga for $250 million, I wrote how the move underscored Amazon’s relentless pursuit to build one platform to “rule them all.” Now that Amazon is investing half a billion dollars into developing a Middle Earth show…

10:52 am PDT • April 22, 2018
Amazon’s next conquest will be apparel

Amazon’s original content efforts are paying off, at least in terms of driving new sign-ups for Prime, which is ostensibly their main value to the commerce giant. Documents obtained by…

Amazon’s top original shows generated an estimated 5M new Prime members

The Essential Phone is currently in the midst of being rolled out in a range of new colors, including three that will be released excessively on Essential’s own website, with…

Essential Phone’s new ‘Halo Gray’ color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

Spotify has been working on building out its podcast business, and now offers a large catalog of shows (including our own Original Content, which you should definitely check out). Today,…

Spotify launches ‘Spotlight,’ a new podcast format with visual elements

Apple has more cash than any other tech company on the planet. Yet, that hasn’t translated into spending on acquisitions. Over the past five years, Apple has spent the least…

Apple has a history of choosing cash over startups

Amazon has a gift for the back-to-school set in the form of drastically reduced prices on its subscription music service. Amazon Music Unlimited (for students) is available in the U.S.…

Amazon slashes prices for its Music Unlimited service for students