Amazon has released a new iOS widget, dubbed ”Ask Alexa”, that provides quick access to the company's voice assistant, right from the home screen of your iPhone and iPad.
Apple has rules and regulations in place for all sorts of things, but especially for the App Store. Developers must follow those rules if they want to keep their app(s) in the digital storefront. Sometimes those apps only get discovered for bypassing the rules, either in big ways or small, only after the app's been available for some time. (The App Store review process doesn't always catch the offenders.)
Technically speaking, there are some smartwatch alternatives out there other than the Apple Watch. Google has its own software for the wearables. But it's safe to say that Apple's device leads the charge in this category. Now, years into the smartwatch's dominance, some new competitors appear to be ready to join the fray.
A lot has changed over the years. One of the "negatives" regarding Android was so many pre-installed apps (especially thanks to wireless carriers). And Apple has essentially embraced the idea, with quite a few pre-installed apps available on an iPhone at launch.
A lot has happened since February of this year, so it's understandable if the fact that Amazon is getting a new CEO slipped the mind. But, it's happening! And now there's an official transition date.
Today, Amazon confirmed during a call to shareholders that Amazon will commit to the transition of a new Chief Executive Officer as of July 5, 2021. That means that Andy Jassy will be picking up the new role on that date. Amazon confirmed all of this would be happening back in February of this year.
Amazon Music is reducing the price of its high-fidelity audio service just as Apple announced today that it's bringing lossless audio to Apple Music subscribers at no extra charge.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS:Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers get HD audio for free. High-fidelity streaming used to be a $14.99 per month option. Amazon Music Unlimited is priced at $9.99 per month. Prime members can get it for just $7.99 per month. Amazon Music HD drops to $10 per month
Apple announced today that all Apple Music subscribers will be able to enjoy Dolby Atmos spatial audio in lossless quality at no additional charge beginning next month. Ahead of Apple's announcement, Amazon had lowered the price of its high-fidelity offering.
Steve Boom, Amazon Music's Vice President:
It’s something we’ve all we’ve been wanting to do for a long time. When we launched, we already broke the mold by taking a service that had been $19.99—and really just for the audiophile at that price point—and brought it down to something that was much more mass-market at $14.99.
According to Billboard, the high-fidelity service is now available to all Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no additional cost. Before the change, Amazon Music HD was a $14.99 per month value, or $12.99 per month for Prime members.
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Family plans are eligible for Amazon Music HD at no extra charge.What is Amazon Music Unlimited?
Amazon Music Unlimited is currently available in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The service is priced at $9.99 per month, just like the individual Apple Music subscription. However, Amazon Music Unlimited is available to Amazon Prime members in exchange for a lower price of just $7.99 per month.Streaming heavyweights going in on lossless audio
Amazon Music HD debuted in September 2019.
The service brings more than 70 million songs in CD quality (16 bit at 44.1 kHz). Out of that number, some seven million tracks are available in ultra HD quality which exceeds CD quality (24 bit at 48kHz, 96 kHz and 192 kHz). Apple Music also offers a hi-resolution Lossless tier all the way up to 24 bit at 192 kHz.
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HD streaming is also offered by the likes of Deezer and Tidal, with Tidal continuing to charge $19.99 per month for the service. Spotify is apparently working on a similar offering of its own.
Apple has worked with artists to record tracks in Dolby Atmos with spatial audio. Apple's offering will be ready for public consumption next month, with thousands of spatial audio tracks available at launch and more to come later.
At the beginning of this month it was rumored that Apple was planning to launch a new HiFi, or lossless audio, option for Apple Music in the near future. And now it looks like the Android version of Apple Music may be confirming just as much.
The first smart home devices from Apple, Google, Amazon and other companies, based on the new Project CHIP interoperable standard, are scheduled to arrive later this year.
Back in September of 2019, Amazon officially unveiled its truly wireless headphones to take on Apple's AirPods. Now, more than a year later, the company is back with the second-generation model.
The mobile Amazon Music app for iOS and Android has gained a new Car Mode feature that replaces the app's splashy interface and eye-catching album artwork with a simplified look, custom presets and voice control through the Alexa virtual assistant.
Artificial intelligence is a major focal point for a variety of companies out there. Especially the ones launching "smart" products like smart speakers, and of course services like Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa. So perhaps it's not too surprising to hear that Apple gobbled up the most companies in an effort to build up its own efforts.
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