YouTube Music and Amazon Music Streamable on Google Home and Amazon Echo: Users were in for a treat this week. First, Google and YouTube decided to end their long running feud, and second, both the companies announced that users will now be able to stream music from their services on their respective smart speakers. This means that if you are a Google Home user, you will be able to stream songs on Google Home devices through YouTube Music, and similarly, if you own an Echo devices, you can now stream audio through Amazon Music.
“Starting today, YouTube Music is offering a free experience with ads on Google Home speakers (or other Google Assistant-powered speakers). With YouTube Music and Google Home, you can ask Google Home to play the right music for any moment or mood. YouTube Music Premium on your smart speakers gives you the ability to request specific albums, songs, artists, and playlists on-demand,” Google said in a statement.
Users in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, and Austria can now listen to YouTube Music on smart speakers. The support will be available in more countries soon. You just need to navigate to Account Settings in Google Home app, tap Services and select Music. Then, select YouTube Music as the default music service.
Similarly, those who own Amazon Echo devices, can stream songs from Amazon Music on the smart speakers with Alexa. Amazon Prime members already have Amazon Music subscription so they don’t have to spend more to stream music on Alexa-powered devices. If you don’t have Prime membership, you can still stream ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations for free. The support is extended to customers in the US.
To listen, users can simply say:
- “Alexa, play the playlist Pop Culture” to hear the ultimate global playlist for today’s pop music.
- “Alexa, play the Imagine Dragons station” to hear a station inspired by the popular rock band.
- “Alexa, play 80s music” to hear a station filled with music from the era.
- “Alexa, play country music” to hear a station with some of the best in the genre.
Jeff Bezos visited a Kirana Store in Mumbai, deliver a package by himself, and partners thousands of shops
Friday was the last day of Jeff Bezos in India for his recent Indian tour
Bezos visited a local Kirana Store in Mumbai
Amazon partners with thousands of Kirana stores
E-Commerce giant Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos was on a three-day visit in India and Friday was his last day of India tour. Yesterday, he announced on Twitter that he has partners with thousands of local retailers; kirana stores in India.
He also visited an kirana store in Mumbai where he also delivered a package. He also mentioned that these local stores will work as a delivery point for Amazon.
The development comes after the minister of commerce Piyush Goyal has emphasised on propping up India’s kirana stores through partnerships with ecommerce marketplaces and platforms. In a meeting held in November 2019, Goyal had a meeting with Amazon, where it had reportedly urged the company to include kirana stores in their business model.
Amazon partners with thousands of kirana stores all over India as delivery points. It’s good for customers, and it helps the shop owners earn additional income. Got to visit one in Mumbai. Thank you, Amol, for letting me deliver a package. #MSME pic.twitter.com/VpoHUoJOIH
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 18, 2020
Around the same time, even the department for the promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT) had reportedly written to ecommerce firms, seeking their suggestions on how small retailers and neighbourhood stores can be included in the sector. The government was reported to be in the process of coming up with policies proposing for such a partnership.
Over the last one year, several online marketplaces have started realising the strategic advantages in partnering with such neighbourhood or kirana stores. Partnering with Kirana stores has become a new trend for both retail and digital platforms such as Myntra, Walmart, Flipkart, Reliance, Grofers and Bigbasket.
Reliance Retail and Myntra have also on-boarded kirana stores to act as delivery partners to help with hyperlocal deliveries. In addition, the stores will also act as pick-up points for deliveries.
For grocery delivery platforms like Grofers and BigBasket, the aim to onboard kirana stores is slightly different. With these partnerships, ecommerce platforms want to ensure faster delivery of fresh products. This will not compromise the quality and will further generate business for the neighbourhood stores.
Jeff Bezos met key industrialists including Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Bharti Mittal in India
Adi Godrej and Narayana Murthy were also present; No one joined from Tata and Birla group.
Amazon did not provide information about the meeting’s discussion; Friday was the last day of Bezos’s India tour.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and the 2nd world’s richest man (just lost around $761 M in last trading session and number 1 place taken over by Arnault Bernard), met the country’s leading industrialists on Friday. The meeting was attended by Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries and Asia’s biggest emir. Also present were Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal, Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej and other prominent businessmen. No one joined from Tata and Birla Group. Friday was the last day of Bezos’ visit to India. According to news agency sources, Bezos also sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but it was not possible.
Kishore Biyani also reached the meeting of Bezos, Amazon did not give any information about what was discussed in the meeting of Bezos with the industrialists of the country at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai. The meeting also included Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy, Infosys CEO Salil Parekh, Future Group founder-CEO Kishore Biyani, Shopper’s Stop BS Nagesh, Unilever’s Sanjeev Mehta, Nestle’s Suresh Narayan and Procter & Gamble’s Madhusudan Gopalan. Happened. SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar from Banking and Finance Sector, Surendra Rosha of HSBC, Kaku Nakhate of Bank of America and Sanjeev Bajaj of Bajaj Finance also attended the meeting of Bezos.
Piyush Goyal had said – Amazon is not doing any favor by investing in India
Bezos said on Wednesday that Amazon will export 71 thousand crore rupees ($1 billion dollars) in the next 5 years. An investment of Rs 7,100 crore will also be made to digitize small-medium businesses. He also praised the people and culture of India. Despite this, has the Prime Minister not been able to meet any government official as well. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal had said on Thursday in an angry tone that Amazon is not doing any harm by investing in India. However, he said that all types of investment are welcome but companies have to follow the rules of the country.
After Piyush Goyal statement – Bezos said investment will create 1 million jobs in India
Bezos could not get a chance to speak before Modi or any other minister. In such a situation, he wrote letters to Indian customers and merchants and posted them on Amazon’s website on Friday. He wrote- Whenever I come to India, my attachment increases. The energy and behavior of the people of India always inspires me. Amazon’s investment will provide 1 million new jobs in India by 2025.
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