Apple acquires music recognition app Shazam

Apple acquires music recognition app Shazam In this week’s subscription roundup, we feature Cupertino giant Apple’s latest acquisition - music recognition app Shazam. The $400 million acquisition move might help the tech giant to boost its own music streaming app Apple Music by adding discovery features. In our second feature, we look into Amazon’s continued efforts to improve its services. Our last feature explores the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) controversial move to repeal existing net neutrality regulations in the US.

Apple’s Shazam deal a boost for Apple Music?

Apple confirmed its plans to acquire music discovery service Shazam, earlier this week. Shazam allows users to quickly identify songs through their app. Shazam is already tightly integrated with Apple’s digital assistant Siri. This deal might help the tech giant improve Apple Music by allowing subscribers to easily find songs and them to their Apple Music playlists. While the app is still available on other app marketplaces, but Apple could very easily pull out Shazam from other platforms for its own benefit. This move will certainly worry other music subscription services such as Spotify and Google Play Music.

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Amazon brings same day delivery and one-day shipping to more cities

In a move which comes right before the busy holiday season, e-commerce giant Amazon has expanded its same day delivery and one-day shipping service to thousands of markets across the US. Earlier, these services were available to Amazon Prime members in 5,000 cities and towns in the US. The expansion means that these value-added services will now be available to 8,000 cities and towns in the country. Amazon has been at the forefront of innovation this year, and has rolled out a number of unique ways to shop and receive products for its users.

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FCC repeals net neutrality legislation

In a move that is being seen as a huge blow to net neutrality, the FCC has voted to reverse the existing net neutrality rules. Last month, FCC had publicly announced its plans to nullify the existing regulations. The decision gives a lot of power and control to ISPs who could potentially use the new regulation to their benefit by resorting to anti-competitive practices and content prioritisation. Many public interest groups, activists and internet giants have expressed disappointment at the decision. The Democrats are weighing their options, and it is quite likely that some lawsuits will be filed against the decision.

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Also read about Youtube’s plans to launch a music subscription service