Industry News Roundup!

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Revamped Google Play Music Factors in Location and Weather, Auto-Creates Offline Playlist: Google has released a “smarter” and “much more assistive” version of its Google Play Music streaming service.

The new GPM leans heavily on machine learning to get a read on your musical likes, and then “mixes in signals like location, activity, and the weather” along with hand-curated playlists.
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Via Billboard.

Amazon Music Unlimited Launches in the UK, Germany, and Austria: The service is now available in the U.K. with similar pricing. The service offers around 40 million songs on demand.

Non-Prime users will pay £9.99/month, with a discounted price of £7.99/month for Prime users. For Echo home speaker/interactive voice hubs, users will pay £3.99/month. Of course, there’s a 30-day free trial available, as well. Amazon Music Unlimited will also launch later today in Germany and Austria.

Via Digital Music News.

Leondard Cohen Dies at Age 82: Leonard Cohen, one of the most influential singer/songwriters of all time, has died aged 82. Cohen’s record label, Sony Music, confirmed his death on the artist’s Facebook page.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the company said in a statement.”

Via Music Business Worldwide.

Amazon Music Unlimited Just Launched in the U.K.: Going up against Spotify and Apple Music. About a month after its U.S. launch, Amazon has released its on-demand music streaming service overseas.

Amazon Music Unlimited made its U.K. debut on Monday, Business Insider reports. With its catalogue of 40 million songs, the new service is trying to compete with music streaming market leaders Spotify and Apple Music. While people in the U.S. pay $9.99 per month for a standalone subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited, U.K. customers will pay slightly more with a price tag of £9.99 per month, or about $12.50, Business Insider reports.

Via Fortune.

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