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Starting the week of December 17, Apple Music will be Available on Amazon’s Echo.The announcement comes from a blog that was published by Amazon. According to the announcement, subscribers will be able to enjoy Apple Music’s 500 million songs on Echo devices. Users will be able to ask Alexa to songs, radio shows, and Beats 1 shows through Apple Music. Customers who are Apple Music’s subscribers can ask Alexa to play any track from Apple’s catalog of music, or any playlist made by Apple Music’s editors. The integration is big news since Apple sells its own smart speaker, the HomePod. Although Apple has their own smart speakers, their speakers haven’t sold well compared to Amazon Echo or Google’s Home speaker. The HomePod only shipped 600,000 units compared to 4 million Echos and 2.4 million Google Home according to a Q1 2018 report. The report was done by researchers Strategy Analytics. This integration also helps Apple better compete with Spotify. Spotify also premium service available through Echo. Spotify has 83 million subscribers while Apple has about 50 million.
Prime members in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boise, Charleston, Colorado Springs, Hartford, Kansas City, Providence, Salt Lake City and Stamford can enjoy delivery in as little as an hour from Whole Foods MarketPlus, grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market expands to six new cities including Boise, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, San Diego, Tampa and West Palm Beach Amazon and Whole Foods Market today launched delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boise, Charleston, Colorado Springs, Hartford, Kansas City, Providence, Salt Lake City and Stamford, plus additional neighborhoods in Boston and Cincinnati. This is the first time ever that Prime members in these cities will be able to order items using Amazon’s ultra-fast service. Delivery from Whole Foods Market is now available in 63 cities, the service launched earlier this year with plans for continued expansion across the U.S. throughout 2018. Additionally, curbside grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market expanded today to six new cities including Boise, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, San Diego, Tampa and West Palm Beach. The service launched in August and is now available in 14 cities with plans for continued expansion. To enjoy grocery pickup, Prime members place their order via the Prime Now app and choose the pickup option at checkout. Customers can choose free pickup in as little as an hour on orders of $35, or in 30 minutes for $4.99. After arriving at the Whole Foods Market store, customers park in a designated pickup spot and a Prime Now shopper will place groceries into their car within minutes. For customers who tell us they are on their way to the store in the Prime Now app, groceries will be ready as they arrive. “Prime Now delivery continues to be a hit with our customers, and we’re excited to introduce the service in 10 new cities,” said Christina Minardi, Whole Foods Market Executive Vice President of Operations. “And for our customers in Boise, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, San Diego, Tampa and West Palm Beach, we’re thrilled to also offer the option of grocery pickup. It’s just another way we’re making it even easier for more customers to enjoy Whole Foods Market’s healthy and organic food.” Prime members can shop thousands of items across fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples from Whole Foods Market available for delivery and pickup. Select alcohol is also available to customers in Cincinnati, Jacksonville, San Diego, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Pickup from Whole Foods Market is available daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and delivery is available daily until 10 p.m. To learn more about grocery pickup or delivery from Prime Now, visit www.primenow.com. Customers can also find out if these services are available in their area by saying, “Alexa, shop Whole Foods.”
Alex Luke, Amazon's Music global head of programming and content, discussed the future of connected cars in an interview with Music Week. “The connected car is going to be a big deal," said Luke. "You’re going to see voice migrate out of the home and into the car, and that’s going to really move the needle. You’re going to see voice assistants like Alexa really change the way customers are interacting with music and entertainment in the car, it’s going to have a dramatic effect on the business." Luke expressed that he thinks the automative industry has been lacking in technological advances. "We don’t have anything to announce but it’s an obvious place to take Alexa - we want Alexa to be everywhere customers are.”