Online & Digital Media News – Amazon launches new ad-supported, free music streaming service

Amazon has launched a new ad-supported, free music-streaming service, available to customers with Alexa-enabled devices. Similar to the Amazon Music streaming service, that’s free for Amazon Prime members, it offers access to about two million songs. Amazon Music Unlimited offers access to more than 50 million songs for a $7.99 USD monthly subscription.

YouTube Music is offering a free, ad-supported music experience on Google Home, or any Google Assistant-powered smart speakers. Initially rolling out in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, and Austria, YouTube Music will play a customized playlist, based on your request. Upgrading to YouTube Music Premium for $9.99/month, gives users the ability to request specific albums, songs, artists, and playlists on-demand, in addition to unlimited skips and song replay.

National Observer is launching the Election Integrity Reporting Project, aimed at exposing election manipulation. The independent, online publication is crowdfunding to support the initiative and says it’s in the midst of building a data-savvy team. It also plans to partner in the project with key civil society organizations.

theScore has enlisted a lobbyist to convince the federal government to legalize sports betting. Peter Curtis of Toronto’s Pathway Group has registered with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying to lobby on behalf of the online sports publication. theScore announced earlier this year that it plans to launch an online and mobile sportsbook in the U.S. While some provinces, like Ontario, allow sports lotteries like Proline, single-game sports betting is banned in Canada.


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