Amazon Remixes Cloud Player Music Service
Amazon has secured the rights from all four major labels to offer a complete cloud music solution using its "Scan and Match" feature, much like iTunes Match. Users can upload their own music - from ripped CDs or iTunes - to Coud Player, with matched songs skipping the upload process and made available instantly. Songs matched at any quality will be made available in high-quality 256 Kbps format. The service supports unlimited music purchased from Amazon MP3. The free version supports up to 250 uploaded/matched songs, while a premium version supports up to 250,000 songs for $25/year. Clous Player is available for both iOS and Android. Amazon is also separating Cloud Player and Cloud Drive, which will now be independent services with separate subscriptions.
YouTube Reimagines Its Premium Video and Music Services
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
Pandora Launches Premium Music Service
Mar 13, 2017
Pandora today finally launched its long-awaited Pandora Premium music service for mobile devices and the web. Pandora Premium is a $10-per-month music streaming service that competes with Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Captures and Plays 4K HDR Video
Apr 16, 2018
Sony today announced the Xperia XZ2 Premium, a high-end Android phone that boasts some of the most advanced imaging features available in a mobile device. The XZ2 Premium has a 5.8-inch 4K HDR display (16:9 aspect ratio) that Sony says is 30% brighter than its previous mobile 4K screen.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Amazon Adds Alexa AI to iPhone Shopping App
Mar 16, 2017
Amazon today made Alexa, its artificial intelligence, available to a much wider selection of devices by adding Alexa to its iOS mobile shopping application. Now any iPhone with the Amazon app aboard has access to Alexa, allowing people to search for and buy goods simply by asking Alexa for it.