Amazon Music now tells you trivia and album info about songs with its X-Ray tool

If you’ve ever watched content on Amazon’s Prime Video platform, you must have noticed that tapping on the screen shows you some interesting information about the content under the General Trivia section, alongside information about the cast that is currently on the screen. This feature is called X-Ray, which originally arrived on the Kindle ebook reader and is extremely helpful. Amazon is now bringing the X-Ray feature from Prime Video to its music streaming platform – Amazon Music.

The X-Ray feature is now available globally in Amazon Music. I’ve tested it on multiple accounts here in India, and it works just fine. As for the information offered by the feature, you can find details such as the artist’s name, writer, producer, assistant engineer, artists behind each musical instrument, and a lot more. And of course, you will get to know interesting trivia about songs. For example, I got to know that Rob Zombie was the vocalist,  writer as well as producer of the hard rock song Dragula

Regarding the feature, Amazon told Engadget that X-Ray on Amazon Music will “offer a behind the scenes look at song information, artists, and albums with access to everything from fun trivia to song credits, related content, and more.” To see details about a track, just look for the X-Ray button at the bottom of the playback page, provided the requisite details are available. 

You can either tap on the X-Ray button at the bottom, or swipe up from anywhere on the playback page to see the details. When you perform either of the aforementioned actions, you’ll see a self-scrolling carousel of information just like the credits at the end of a movie. The feature is quite neat, and won’t be forced upon Amazon Music users, unlike Amazon Prime Video, where the whole trivia and information catalog appears on the left side of the screen as soon as you tap on the screen. 

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Amazon Music introduces Podcasts in the US, UK, Germany and Japan

Amazon has announced a new feature coming to its Music platform. The company is launching podcasts on Amazon Music. It will be made available to the users in the US, UK, Germany and Japan, across all tiers of service at no additional cost. As for the content, it includes original shows produced exclusively for Amazon Music and hosted by creators including DJ Khaled, Becky G, Will Smith, Dan Patrick, and more. Amazon Music customers can access podcasts in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, on Amazon Echo devices, and here.

In a bid to compete with Spotify, Amazon Music’s podcast feature will enable creators to reach new audiences globally. “Our customers’ listening habits are constantly evolving, and we know they’re looking to us to provide them with a rich experience rooted in music and entertainment,” said Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “Podcasts, paired with our recent partnership with Twitch to bring live streaming into the app, makes Amazon Music a premiere destination for creators.”

Various shows are already available on Amazon Music podcast. It includes shows such as Crime Junkie, What A Day, Radiolab, Revisionist History, Planet Money, Ear Hustle, Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer, and Stuff You Should Know. Amazon says millions of episodes from top shows are being added all the time. One of the upcoming show is Disgraceland, a show exploring the criminal antics and connections of some of the world’s favorite musicians, from the Rolling Stones to Tupac. It will highlight tales of getting away with murder and behaving badly. Disgraceland will arrive exclusively on Amazon Music in February 2021.

Podcasts are now available to stream on all tiers of Amazon Music at no additional cost, including free access on Echo, web, and in the Amazon Music mobile app.

Source: Amazon

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28 new countries around the world get Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo devices

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Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions go half off to $4.99 a month for ‘eligible students’

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Amazon Music Unlimited audio streaming service quickly spreads to the UK, Germany and Austria

The busiest time of year for Amazon’s main area of expertise has officially kicked off both on American and British shores, but the e-commerce giant isn’t pausing its increasingly ambitious efforts to gain more relevance in various hardware and software segments either.

Fire tablets and Echo smart speakers should sell like hotcakes this holiday season, and alongside them, Amazon hopes to also boost Prime memberships and especially early Music Unlimited adoption.

Not entirely satisfied with Spotify or Apple Music’s bang for buck in the US, UK, Germany or Austria? “Premium” Amazon Music Unlimited monthly service costs as little as $3.99 stateside for a good few weeks now, expanding to the other three aforementioned markets today at similarly irresistible prices.

Namely, £3.99 a month in Great Britain for use on a single Echo or Echo Dot, £7.99 as far as Prime customers with phones, tablets or PCs are concerned, and £9.99 for everyone else. Across the board, you’ll be getting 24/7, uninterrupted access to a rich library of over 40 million songs and thousands of hand-curated playlists and personalized stations “not just at the tips of your fingers, but also on the tip of your tongue.”

Yup, in case you forgot, the other global Amazon Music Unlimited key selling point is Alexa. You can ask your own personal assistant for a hands-free selection of “party music”, for instance, “happy music” or even search and play that song that goes “I was doing just fine before I met you.”

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Amazon Music gets on Android Wear in app update

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